Good Kings Bad Kings

A Novel
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Released: May 28, 2013
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ISBN: #9781622311347
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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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Author(s): Susan Nussbaum

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Good Kings Bad Kings
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Author(s): Susan Nussbaum
Product Number Z100047616
Released: May 28, 2013
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Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781622311354
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Author(s): Susan Nussbaum
Product Number EB00009171
Released: Nov 12, 2013
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Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: #9781616203368

Professional reviews

"The winner of the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction examines the workings of an institution for disabled teens run by a corporation that is more interested in profit than providing patient care. Collusion between doctors and hospitals, sadistic guards, and neglect resulting in a young man's death are only some of the horrific revelations. Written as a series of narrative monologues, this is a wonderful vehicle for audio, with engaging, heartrending performances by a talented cast of actors. Listeners meet Yessenia, a feisty wheelchair-bound teenager; Mia, who is being sexually abused by a "houseparent"; and Joanne, Ricky, and Jimmie, caring staff members. The villains are really bad, the heroes are overworked, and the kids are at the mercy of a corrupt system. Enlightening listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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