Good Kings, Bad Kings

by Susan Nussbaum

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LoveReading Expert Review of Good Kings, Bad Kings

April 2014 Debut of the Month.

Set in a USA home for physically and mentally challenged children and told using the alternating voices of seven people (three are disabled youngsters, three are employees , and one is a recruiter trying to keep the place full) this grim, but at times funny, emotionally engrossing read will definitely leave its mark.


This powerful and inspiring character-based debut was the 2012 winner of Barbara Kingsolver's PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction 12 months before it was actually published!


Good Kings, Bad Kings Synopsis

Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Good Kings, Bad Kings pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated, funny, and tough life inside the walls of ILLC - an institution for juveniles with disabilities. From Yessenia Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend, to Teddy, a resident who dresses up daily in a full suit and tie, and Mia, who guards a terrifying secret, Nussbaum has crafted a multifaceted portrait of a way of life hidden from most of us. In their alliances, the residents ultimately find the strength to bond together, resist their mistreatment, and fight back. Good Kings, Bad Kings is a powerful and inspiring debut about young people whose lives have been irreversibly changed by misfortune, but whose voices resound with resilience, courage, and humour.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781780743851
Publication date: 27th March 2014
Author: Susan Nussbaum
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Susan Nussbaum Press Reviews

'This is fiction at its best. The story's sharp eye allows no one to take shelter, and it doesn't flinch; it is simply and breathtakingly honest... A stunning accomplishment.'
Barbara Kingsolver

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About Susan Nussbaum

Susan Nussbaum's plays have been widely produced. In 2008 she was cited by the Utne Reader as one of '50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World' for her work with girls with disabilities. Good Kings, Bad Kings is her first novel. She lives in Chicago, America.

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