By Charles Bock
The New York Times bestseller by way of the writer of the imminent novel Alice & Oliver | Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the yank Academy of Arts and Letters | A New York Times Notable Book
“One note: bravo.”—The manhattan occasions e-book Review
“Truly robust . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on nearly each web page. . . . [Charles Bock] understands find out how to tug at your middle, and he is familiar with find out how to make you snicker out loud, frequently at the related web page, occasionally within the related 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 thoughts. both distraught, the boy’s father, Lincoln, unearths himself eager to convenience his spouse whilst he yearns for solace, a loving contact, any type of intimacy.
because the Ewings navigate the secret of what’s develop into in their son, the situations 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 existence as though they have been motion picture scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a perilous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. the folks of Beautiful Children are “urban nomads,” each one with a earlier to conceal and a ache to nurture, each one of them looking for salvation and barreling towards destruction, weaving their manner 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 supply a glimpse right into a microcosm of contemporary the United States. 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 due to the awesome value of its topic matter.”—The Washington put up publication World
“Magnificent . . . a highly bold novel that succeeds . . . Beautiful Children manages to consider thoroughly of its second whereas ultimate unaffected by means of literary tendencies. . . . Charles Bock is the genuine thing.”—The New Republic
“A wildly pleasing and worrying literary trip, led by means of an writer of blazing talent.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Wholly original—dirty, quickly, and hypnotic. The sentences flicker and pass and whirl.”—Esquire
“An nervous, indignant, sincere first novel full of compassion and readability . . . The language has a rhythm totally its own—at moments it truly is lovely, 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
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He rustled behind her. When his palm skimmed the curvature of her shoulder, she flinched. He continued, pressing lightly into the muscles on each side of her neck. ” “Someone’s got to be the adult. ” His fingers moved underneath her hair, to the base of her skull, where they began making small, circular rotations. Lorraine remained still. Refraining from encouragement or appreciation, she willfully directed her attention toward the open yard of space where the drapes were not completely closed.
The future was thirty seconds during latenight syndicated dating shows where a low-rent spokesperson talked about the career in the exciting field waiting for you. It was some huge and unknowable network of people who were key to getting cushy summer jobs, like, say, being a lifeguard at a hotel pool. It didn’t matter how much you wanted the whistle around your neck and the perch above all those oiled bodies. Like, like . . like how you got it? The procedures involved? They were beyond Kenny, he didn’t know how they worked or where to begin.
Rock and movie stars got nubile groupies in thong underwear, after all. Rappers traveled with posses of Uzi-toting steel-fanged homies. Even young women with acoustic guitars and songs of female teen angst didn’t do so badly, attracting younger women with glandular problems and metal lunch boxes stuffed with dead white roses. But your friendly neighborhood comic book illustrator? All he got were these long-haired mongoloids, lurking in the background, trying to summon the intestinal fortitude to approach him.