By Charles Bock
The New York Times bestseller by way of the writer of the coming near near 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 notice: bravo.”—The ny occasions e-book Review
“Truly robust . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on virtually each web page. . . . [Charles Bock] understands the way to tug at your middle, and he understands tips on how to make you giggle out loud, frequently at the related 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 thoughts. both distraught, the boy’s father, Lincoln, unearths himself desirous to convenience his spouse at the same time 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 throughout the lives of probably 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 folk of Beautiful Children are “urban nomads,” each one with a prior to conceal and a soreness to nurture, each one of them looking for salvation and barreling towards destruction, weaving their approach via a neon underworld of intercourse, medicines, and the spinning wheels of chance.
during this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor to catch Las Vegas with exceptional scope and nuance and to offer a glimpse right into a microcosm of contemporary the US. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the coming of an important new writer.
Praise for Beautiful Children
“Exceptional . . . This novel merits to be learn greater than as soon as a result of amazing significance of its topic matter.”—The Washington put up booklet World
“Magnificent . . . a highly formidable novel that succeeds . . . Beautiful Children manages to suppose thoroughly of its second whereas final unaffected by means of literary traits. . . . Charles Bock is the genuine thing.”—The New Republic
“A wildly enjoyable and demanding literary trip, led by way of an writer of blazing talent.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Wholly original—dirty, speedy, 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 totally its own—at moments it really is 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 environment like a fever dream.”—Los Angeles Times
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Somewhere along the line, this had found its own life. Without either party paying attention, the dynamic had grown into one of the sustaining patterns of their marriage, its own game, replete with its own rules—Lincoln trying harder, making Lorraine more unsatisfied, which in turn made Lincoln more determined. Oh, the sex they used to have working their tempers off on each other! How she used to wail! Sitting upright, Lorraine wrapped around him; her body convulsing; Lorraine sobbing, weeping in release, finally giving herself to him, finally his.
Because when he got to those pearly gates and Saint Peter opened the book on his life, Lincoln Ewing was more than a little sure the record would show he took great pains to be supportive of Lorraine, understanding of her emotions, sensitive to the slightest movements of her moon; the record would show he was a loving husband, a proud parent, a first-rate provider, one of those guys who lived on that intellectual and emotional plane where sexuality was merely a part of his larger marriage and family structure.
His shorts were slipping but he did nothing to stop them. Before disappearing into the backseat, he quickly looked back and over his shoulder. ” The sky that afternoon was perfect and blue and stretched endlessly in all directions, and it was as if the day’s brightness and intensity brought each detail into a crystalline focus: the onetime franchise diner from an era of ice cream socials; the massive main lot, just a bit more than half-filled, most of the cars showing themselves as white, gray, light blue, or some other color the sun could not ruin.