Review: Martyr!

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am not sure how to even talk about this book. It’s weird, it’s disjointed, it’s all over the place and yet it also has so much heart. The story seems like it’s going nowhere, it requires a lot of patience to stick with it and follow the writer’s journey and musings about religion, addiction, belonging, grief, death, martyrdom, art and more. But then at some point it starts to come together and then it’s not possible to not get swept up with the story. By the time you’re done, it’s one of those books where the people and the story stay with you long after you turn the last page.

with gratitude to netgalley and Knopf for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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