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Posted January 15, 2014
I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a fair an
I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a fair and honest review, which is awesome because this book rocked my socks off and I read it in a day.
Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum was such an amazing book. I not only thought it was wonderful, but it also won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaging Fiction.
Good Kings Bad Kings is a story about people with disabilities, mainly teenagers and children, who find themselves in a "nursing home" for kids with disabilities.
The novel is told from many perspectives, all connected in some way, and shows the neglect and corruption that can be found at many (but not all, I'm sure!) nursing home facilities. Some of that is based on lack of funding, while other parts are based on disgusting, horrible individuals.
But the characters are so real and spunky!
Yessenia is in a wheelchair, physically disabled, but if you cross her, she will totally knock you out.
Joanne has both a physical disability and a trust fund, but when she decides to work an admin job at the kid nursing home, her life completely changes for the better.
Ricky is a fully-abled bus driver at the home, but realizes his job is consisting more and more of disciplining the kids, and in ways he doesn't always agree with.
The LA Review of books said that Good Kings Bad Kings was a "knockout" - and I have to agree 100%.
Susan Nussbaum realized that most of the novels we know about that include people with disabilities were written by able-bodied people. When she was disabled in an accident, her life changed. And after writing numerous plays, this is her first novel. And wow, what a success it is!
Good Kings Bad Kings is one of the best books I read in 2013 (even though the review is being published in 2014!).
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
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Posted March 28, 2014
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