Good Kings Bad Kings

Good Kings Bad Kings

Book - 2013
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Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum's powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers--alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy--except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities. This unfamiliar, isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside: friendships are forged, trust is built, love affairs are kindled, and rules are broken. But those who call it home have little or no control over their fate. Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled in a story told with remarkable authenticity and in voices that resound with humor and spirit.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616202637
Branch Call Number: NUSSBAUM
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm


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robertafsmith Apr 18, 2017

Good Kings, Bad Kings tackles the uncomfortable topic of housing for those with disabilities. Herself a wheelchair user, Nussbaum makes a good stab at conveying the complexities of this topic. It generated heated discussion in my book group. Should be required reading for those interested in Social Work. Staff Pickles.

Dec 26, 2013

Insightful look into housing of the disabled. A glimpse at public policy that overlooks importance of providing in-home services to keep families together.

Susan Nussbaum comes out of the gate in her debut novel with a warm and heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal and activism.

Aug 07, 2013


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