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Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Susan Nussbaum pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated, funny, and tough life inside the walls of an institution for juveniles with disabilities. From Yessenia Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend and of one day of living outside those walls, to Teddy, a resident who dresses up daily in a full suit and tie, to Mia, who guards a terrifying secret, Nussbaum has crafted a multifaceted portrait of a way of life hidden from most of us. In an isolated human warehouse on Chicago’s South Side, friendships are forged, trust is built, and love affairs begin—and it’s in their alliances that the residents ultimately find the strength to bond together and finally fight back against their mistreatment.

Told with humor and authenticity in voices that stay with you long past the last page, Good Kings Bad Kings is at once strikingly original, baldly funny, and profoundly moving.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees

  • “Nussbaum charms, outrages, and enlightens readers as she cycles among . . . characters, boldly contrasting the transcendence of love with the harsh realities of a negligent for-profit nursing home. This is unquestionably an authentic, galvanizing, and righteous novel.”


  • Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List
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About the Author

Susan Nussbaum’s plays have been widely produced. Her play Mishuganismo is included in the anthology Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. 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.