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Beautiful Children - A Novel

Charles Bock

The New York Times bestseller by the author of the forthcoming novel Alice & Oliver | Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters | A New York Times Notable Book "One word: bravo."-The New York Times Book Review "Truly powerful . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on almost every page. . . . [Charles Bock] knows how to tug at your heart, and he knows how to make you laugh out loud, often on the same page, sometimes in the same sentence."-Newsweek One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn't come home. In the aftermath of his disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her son's room and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boy's father, Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy. As the Ewings navigate the mystery of what's become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newell's vanishing and other events on that same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. The people of Beautiful Children are "urban nomads," each with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, every one of them searching for salvation and barreling toward destruction, weaving their way through a neon underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance. In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor to capture Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuance and to provide a glimpse into a microcosm of modern America. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the arrival of a major new writer. Praise for Beautiful Children

The New York Times bestseller by the author of the forthcoming novel Alice & Oliver | Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters | A New York Times Notable Book "One word: bravo."-The New York Times Book Review "Truly powerful . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on almost every page. . . . [Charles Bock] knows how to tug at your heart, and he knows how to make you laugh out loud, often on the same page, sometimes in the same sentence."-Newsweek One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn't come home. In the aftermath of his disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her son's room and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boy's father, Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy. As the Ewings navigate the mystery of what's become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newell's vanishing and other events on that same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. The people of Beautiful Children are "urban nomads," each with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, every one of them searching for salvation and barreling toward destruction, weaving their way through a neon underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance. In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor to capture Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuance and to provide a glimpse into a microcosm of modern America. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the arrival of a major new writer. Praise for Beautiful Children
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The New York Times bestseller by the author of the forthcoming novel Alice & Oliver | Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters | A New York Times Notable Book "One word: bravo."-The New York Times Book Review "Truly powerful . . . Beautiful Children dazzles its readers on almost every page. . . . [Charles Bock] knows how to tug at your heart, and he knows how to make you laugh out loud, often on the same page, sometimes in the same sentence."-Newsweek One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn't come home. In the aftermath of his disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her son's room and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boy's father, Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy. As the Ewings navigate the mystery of what's become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newell's vanishing and other events on that same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. The people of Beautiful Children are "urban nomads," each with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, every one of them searching for salvation and barreling toward destruction, weaving their way through a neon underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance. In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock mixes incandescent prose with devious humor to capture Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuance and to provide a glimpse into a microcosm of modern America. Beautiful Children is an odyssey of heartache and redemption heralding the arrival of a major new writer. Praise for Beautiful Children

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

9h 9m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:13


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:13


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:29


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:19


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:26


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:17


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:27


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:49


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:43


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:12


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:25


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:15


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:00


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:05


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:20


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:52


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:09


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:55


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:59


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:44


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:51


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:39


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:41


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:22


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:54


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:54


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:19


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

01:26


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:38


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:33


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:36


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:14