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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bock Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wholly original—dirty, fast, and hypnotic. The sentences flicker and skip and whirl. Esquire
  • An anxious, angry, honest first novel filled with compassion and clarity . . . The language has a rhythm wholly its own—at moments it is stunning, near genius. A. M. Homes
  • From start to finish, Bock never stops tantalizing the reader. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rich and compelling . . . captures the hallucinogenic setting like a fever dream. Los Angeles Times
  • One word: bravo. The New York Times Book Review
  • Truly powerful . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on almost every page. . . . [Charles Bock] knows how to tug at your heart, and he knows how to make you laugh out loud, often on the same page, sometimes in the same sentence. Newsweek
  • Exceptional . . . This novel deserves to be read more than once because of the extraordinary importance of its subject matter. The Washington Post Book World
  • Magnificent . . . a hugely ambitious novel that succeeds . . . Beautiful Children manages to feel completely of its moment while remaining unaffected by literary trends. . . . Charles Bock is the real thing. The New Republic
  • A wildly satisfying and disturbing literary journey, led by an author of blazing talent. The Dallas Morning News
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin | 1/23/2014

    " Great book. Insider look at Las Vegas and being a homeless kid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tamiya Shane | 1/18/2014

    " i did not at all like this book i did not even get through it all. i felt it was to jumpy and it did not keep me into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alice | 1/16/2014

    " Meh. I don't really get what the hype was about. The best thing about this book: it captured certain moments between teenagers (the "deep conversation") with hilarious accuracy. The worst: not all characters were believable, and it read like a pamphlet at certain points (on "the problem of teenage street kids"). Like I said. . .meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess | 1/16/2014

    " Great writer. Not so in to the story. overrated in my opinion. But i feel like that about all the books that get really hyped up.. "

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