By Eugene Marten
Fiction. A spare and chilling account of the daily adventure of Sloper, a janitor in a big-city workplace construction, WASTE explores the import of the discarded--for those that generate it, those that cast off it, and people who are themselves discarded. From the standard prospect of his station, Sloper uncovers ominous chance in lives he slightly brushes. Brian Everson says, "Only Eugene Marten can continue a reader enthralled with the trivialities of a janitorial existence.... accurately and exquisitely distinct, WASTE is a stark little masterpiece." And sunrise Raffel writes, "[P]itch-perfect. WASTE wastes nothing--not a syllable, a beat, a ragged breath." And Sam Lipsyte writes, "There is not anything really just like the managed burn of Eugene Marten's prose."