One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell
Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn’t come home. In the aftermath of his
disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her son’s room
and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boy’s father,
Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for
solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy.
As the Ewings navigate the mystery of what’s become of their
son, the circumstances surrounding Newell’s vanishing and other events on that
same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a
comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and
possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life
as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous
and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. These “urban nomads,” each
with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, weave their way through a neon
underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance.
In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock captures Las Vegas
with unprecedented scope and nuance—heralding the arrival of a major new
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