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By Charles Bock

ISBN-10: 0812977963

ISBN-13: 9780812977967

The New York Times bestseller via the writer of the imminent 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 big apple instances publication Review
“Truly robust . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on virtually each web page. . . . [Charles Bock] is aware easy methods to tug at your center, and he understands find out how to make you giggle out loud, usually at the similar web page, occasionally within the similar 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, reveals himself desirous to convenience his spouse whilst he yearns for solace, a loving contact, any form 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 in the course of the lives of doubtless 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 deadly and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. the folks of Beautiful Children are “urban nomads,” each one with a previous to conceal and a discomfort to nurture, each of them trying to find 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 remarkable scope and nuance and to supply a glimpse right into a microcosm of recent the USA. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the arriving of an important new writer.

Praise for Beautiful Children
“Exceptional . . . This novel merits to be learn greater than as soon as as a result of awesome value of its topic matter.”The Washington publish booklet World
“Magnificent . . . a highly bold novel that succeeds . . . Beautiful Children manages to suppose thoroughly of its second whereas final unaffected by way of literary tendencies. . . . Charles Bock is the true thing.”The New Republic
“A wildly enjoyable and anxious literary trip, led through an writer of blazing talent.”The Dallas Morning News
“Wholly original—dirty, quick, and hypnotic. The sentences flicker and pass and whirl.”Esquire
“An frightened, indignant, sincere first novel full of compassion and readability . . . The language has a rhythm utterly 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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A series of thumps—descending the stairwell, the boy disobeying orders once more, straying from his room. Lorraine withdrew from Lincoln and away from eye contact. 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.

Her robe was loosely tied, slack enough for the cotton to part, the edge of her nipple brushing against his side. qxp 10/2/07 8:52 AM Page 43 Beautiful Children | 43 So simple, what was unfolding, layered with pleasures: the joy of petting, for one thing; this rekindled aspect of their closeness, for another; and the sheer comfort of knowing that despite the difficulties, they still were drawn to each other; the affirmation which such knowledge brings. Satisfaction bloomed inside Lorraine, a serenity that was tactile, clean, a peace both private and shared.

Gravity seemed to be pulling extra hard at the flesh of the comic book artist’s cheeks and chin, for it loaded his jawline with extra weight, and made his face look really heavy. Kenny watched him remove his glasses, let out a breath that was more like a sigh, and rub the corner of his eyes with the inside of his palm. But then the guy looked up. He said, “Oh. ” “Um. qxp 10/2/07 8:52 AM Page 38 38 | Charles Bock “No. ” “I didn’t mean . ” A hand extended, waving him forward. ” A smile at once apologetic and welcoming: “Bing.

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