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After losing both parents to a flu pandemic that seriously threatens his own life as well, thirteen-year-old Cole Vining is sent to live with an evangelical pastor and his wife in Salvation City, a small town in southern Indiana. There, Cole feels sheltered and loved but never as if he truly belongs. Everything about his new home is vastly different from the secular world in which he was raised. As he tries to adjust, he struggles also with memories of the past, a struggle made more difficult by the fact that he had lost his parents at a time when family relations were at their most fraught and unhappy. How is he to remember them now? Are they still his parents if they are no longer there? Must he accept what those around him believe, that because his parents did not know Jesus they are condemned to hell? During this time, Cole finds solace in drawing comics, for which he has a remarkable gift, and in fantasies about being a superhero.

Salvation City is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. It is about spiritual and moral growth and the consolation of art. It is about belief—belief in God and belief in self. As others around him grow increasingly fixated on the hope of salvation and a new life to come through an imminent rapture, Cole imagines a different future, one in which his own dreams of happiness and heroism begin to seem within reach.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Salvation City is not only timely and thought-provoking but also generous in its understanding of human nature. When apocalypse comes, I want Nunez in my lifeboat.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “With a cool, evenhanded tone, Nunez conjures a near future dark around the edges.”

    New York Times

  • “Nunez’s writing is gorgeously spare, and she gets the life and the lingo of a teenage boy just right…In this gorgeously strange and apocalyptic coming-of-age novel, Nunez shows that the end of the world can offer a powerful possibility for a new beginning.”

    Boston Globe

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 4/28/2011

    " Meh. I was finding this really compelling until it crashed to a halt in the last couple of pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claire | 3/29/2011

    " I wish I could give this book 2.5 stars. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't like it. It basically didn't make an impact on me at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Danette | 2/20/2011

    " What was this book even about? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 2/10/2011

    " Coming-of-age novel that raises a lot of important theological questions only to abandon them unanswered. "

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About the Author
Author Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the author of A Feather on the Breath of God and Naked Sleeper. She has been the recipient of several literary awards, including a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Washington University, Baruch College, Vassar College, Boston University, and the University of California, Irvine, among others.