Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel

Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel

by Susan Nussbaum

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ISBN-13: 9781616203252
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 301,093
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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. This is her first novel.

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Barbara Kingsolver

“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."

author of "Before and After" Rosellen Brown

“[Nussbaum’s] novel is all fierce energy and wit, a celebration of strength, dignity, and the cathartic pleasure of telling it like it is.”

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“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

“[Nussbaum’s] novel is all fierce energy and wit, a celebration of strength, dignity, and the cathartic pleasure of telling it like it is.” —Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After

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Good Kings, Bad Kings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
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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