By Charles Bock
The New York Times bestseller by way of the writer of the impending novel Alice & Oliver | Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the yankee Academy of Arts and Letters | A New York Times Notable Book
“One observe: bravo.”—The manhattan occasions e-book Review
“Truly robust . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on virtually each web page. . . . [Charles Bock] understands the best way to tug at your middle, and he understands easy methods to make you chortle out loud, usually at the similar web page, occasionally within the comparable sentence.”—Newsweek
One Saturday evening in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing is going out with a chum and doesn’t come domestic. within the aftermath of his disappearance, his mom, Lorraine, makes day-by-day pilgrimages to her son’s room and tortures herself with stories. both distraught, the boy’s father, Lincoln, unearths himself desirous to convenience his spouse while he yearns for solace, a loving contact, any type of intimacy.
because the Ewings navigate the secret of what’s turn into in their son, the conditions surrounding Newell’s vanishing and different occasions on that very same evening reverberate during the lives of likely disconnected strangers: a comic illustrator on the town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and doubtless disturbed younger artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her lifestyles as though they have been motion picture scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a deadly and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. the folk of Beautiful Children are “urban nomads,” every one with a previous to conceal and a soreness to nurture, each one of them trying to find salvation and barreling towards destruction, weaving their method via a neon underworld of intercourse, medications, and the spinning wheels of chance.
during this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor to catch Las Vegas with unparalleled scope and nuance and to offer a glimpse right into a microcosm of recent the USA. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the arriving of a tremendous new writer.
Praise for Beautiful Children
“Exceptional . . . This novel merits to be learn greater than as soon as as a result of the outstanding value of its topic matter.”—The Washington submit publication World
“Magnificent . . . a highly formidable novel that succeeds . . . Beautiful Children manages to consider thoroughly of its second whereas closing unaffected by way of literary developments. . . . Charles Bock is the genuine thing.”—The New Republic
“A wildly pleasing and aggravating literary trip, led by way of an writer of blazing talent.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Wholly original—dirty, quick, and hypnotic. The sentences flicker and bypass and whirl.”—Esquire
“An nervous, offended, sincere first novel jam-packed with compassion and readability . . . The language has a rhythm entirely its own—at moments it's wonderful, close to genius.”—A. M. Homes
“From begin to end, Bock by no means stops tantalizing the reader.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Rich and compelling . . . captures the hallucinogenic atmosphere like a fever dream.”—Los Angeles Times
From the Hardcover edition.