Salvation City

Salvation City

by Sigrid Nunez
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Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez

From the critically acclaimed author of The Friend, a moving novel that imagines the aftermath of pandemic flu, as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy uncertain of his destiny.

His family's sole survivor after a flu pandemic has killed large numbers of people worldwide, Cole Vining is lucky to have found refuge with the evangelical Pastor Wyatt and his wife in a small town in southern Indiana. As the world outside has grown increasingly anarchic, Salvation City has been spared much of the devastation, and its residents have renewed their preparations for the Rapture.

Grateful for the shelter and love of his foster family (and relieved to have been saved from the horrid, overrun orphanages that have sprung up around the country), Cole begins to form relationships within the larger community. But despite his affection for this place, he struggles with memories of the very different world in which he was reared. Is there room to love both Wyatt and his parents? Are they still his parents if they are no longer there? As others around him grow increasingly fixated on the hope of salvation and the new life to come through the imminent Rapture, Cole begins to conceive of a different future for himself, one in which his own dreams of heroism seem within reach.

Written in Sigrid Nunez's deceptively simple style, Salvation City is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness, weaving the deeply affecting story of a young boy's transformation with a profound meditation on the meaning of belief and heroism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594485374
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels The Friend, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She has been the recipient of several awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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Salvation City 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heh. That just amuses me. Anyway, vey good. As usual. :D Keep going!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I parked the car in the shadowy Greenwood Abuse Clinic parking lot, all the while thinking, why am l doing this? Why am l doing this? Why am l doing this?<br> It's ten o' clock at frigg<e>in' night. Am l officially going crazy?<p> I got out of my car and walked across the parking lot, opening the door as though it were perfectly normal for a dude in punk clothes to walk in this late at night. The lights were still on inside the building, and l could see the halls were entirely empty, but l noticed the receptionist at the front desk, sorting papers.<p> "How may l help you?" She asked tiredly, as though helping me would take up a few precious minutes of her sleep time.<br> "Amee," l blurted, then scolded myself mentally for sounding like a dunce, trying to correct myself. "She lives here."<br> The receptionist turned on her computer and typed a few keys.<br> "Amee Blackson?"<br> "Yes." Really, l had no idea. I guessed.<br> "Visitors are not allowed at this hour. You may visit her tomorrow, if you would like. I'm sorry."<br> "Stuck-up bit<e>ch." The words slithered out of my mouth like a poisonous snake. It must have been the cans of beer l drank at the party.<br> The receptionist's eyes widened, and she puffed up with fury. "You will leave now," she hissed. "Out!"<br> I backed away, intimidated.<p> Then l saw her angry expression soften. She was looking over my shoulder. I turned to see what she was looking at.<p> Amee stood there, her silky hair falling down her back, wearing black jeans, a black tee and a scarf.<br> I felt embarrassment rise a flush to my face. Who knows how long Amee had been standing there, listening in on the words spoken in my sick alcohol-daze?<br> "Hello!" The receptionist said cheerfully, almost childishly, borderline speaking in a baby voice that was probably meant to sound gentle and loving but really sounded as though it was meant for little ones and the severely retar<e>ded. "You have a visitor!"<br> Amee looked at me. I reddened deeper. Her hand reached out and touched mine, took mine. It was soft.<br> We walked down the long, empty halls. Amee's combat boots had a zipper that tinkled softly as she walked, and l listened to her footsteps. Thump, clink, jingle, thump, thump. Thump, clink, clink, thump, thump. Amee led me to a room on the second floor and turned the doorknob.<br> It was a small, plain room with two cots and a table. A ginger-haired girl snored in one bed. Amee walked silently across the room and opened a tiny freezer next to the table, looking quizzically at me.<br> "Coke," l said, and she withdrew a Coke and a Sprite and sat down with me at the table.<br> Amee took a sip, then dipped her finger into the drink and wrote on the table.<p> I've seen you around. What is your name?<p> "Jaden," l said aloud. She smiled.<br> You work here, right?<p> I nodded.<br> Why are you here?<p> My eyes widened.<br> "I guess," l said slowly, "l've made an indentity for myself as a bad boy. But that's not who l want to be anymore."<br> She looked at me.<br> "And l wanted to meet you."<br> She bit her lip and smiled, like she understood.
Mombi More than 1 year ago
The book was great...all the way up until the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, thought provoking read. Wish it had been longer!
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anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Flu pandemic breaks out and orphans Cole Vining, a thirteen year old boy, and changes the face of America. Cole is one of the lucky orphans and is placed into a home where he may be potentially adopted by Pastor Wyatts and his wife Tracey. The Wyatts live in Salvation City, a small town in rural Indiana. It¿s here where they introduce Cole to God and a new way of life. Cole easily accepts this new lifestyle even though he grew up in an atheist home. Though truthfully, he remembers very little about his former life¿a complication from the flu he had. The entire story is told by Cole¿s perspective: before the flu, during the flu and after the flu. He easily adjusts to his new surroundings and forms relationships with his new family. There is a definite back and forth struggle between his old and new life. After a disappearance in Salvation City, Cole comes to the realization of the future he wants for himself. Nunez writing is very articulate, but I found the story to be slow. There isn¿t a whole lot of action, as I thought there would be. This is really a coming of age story more than a story of surviving the pandemic. I never really connected with any of the characters, so I never sympathized with them. I felt like I was ¿waiting¿ for something to happen the entire time I was reading. Overall, the book was good just not my thing.
Cecilia Sublette More than 1 year ago
Though there were places in the novel that seemed to drag a bit as the author sought to describe Christian community, the novel is an interesting story of survival and self-forgiveness.
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