Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum audiobook

Good Kings Bad Kings

By Susan Nussbaum
Read by Christina Delaine , Lauren Fortgang , Emma Galvin , Alexander Cendese , David Ledoux , Karen Murray , and Daya Mendez

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Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Nussbaum pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated and 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 this 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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Summary

Summary

Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List

Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Nussbaum pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated and 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 this 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.

Reviews

Reviews

by Adrienne 9/13/2017
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Great Read; Important Story

This is a book about children living in a nursing home and the adults around them. Nussbaum captures the messy complexity of the pain and joy of life for these particular characters. And, she does it very well.

Each character has a distinct and compelling voice; they often have you laughing out loud.

No one else has written a novel from inside a children's nursing home from the point of view of the children who live there. Her characters are believable, wonderful human beings who are also silly, short-sighted, fearful and a host of other not-so-charming human traits.

I was drawn into the book by a sassy little girl with a life very different than my own. This child opened the door and the other characters walked me into a plot which was compelling from start to finish.

I do a radio program on disability and have interviewed hundreds of people who live with disabilities so I speak from some experience when I say that Nussbaum has an ear for the humor and an eye for the reality of disability.

With an utter lack of sentimentality, Nussbaum tells it like it is; what happens in these institutions should not happen. She captures the messy complexity of the pain and joy of life for these particular characters. And, she does it very well.

Author

Author Bio: Susan Nussbaum

Author Bio: Susan Nussbaum

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English