BookBrowse Reviews Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

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Good Kings Bad Kings

by Susan Nussbaum

Good Kings Bad Kings
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  • First Published:
    May 2013, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 2013, 320 pages

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Bob Sauerbrey

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Friendships are forged, trust is built, and love affairs begin. It's in these alliances that the residents of this neglected community ultimately find the strength to bond together, and finally fight back. And in the process, each is transformed.

I have always been fascinated by first books. I found Good Kings, Bad Kings, Susan Nussbaum's first novel, enthralling, exciting, funny, infuriating, and bracing in turn. Nussbaum has created a touching and lovely mosaic from first person narratives of broken, needy, and wounded people. The outside structure is the Illinois Learning and Life Skills Center (ILLC), a nursing facility for juveniles with disabilities, but the inner cohesion is twofold: the mission and purpose of the institution, and the bonds these young people form among themselves and with some of their caretakers. While the institution itself is stifling and destructive, the personal relations are often healing, both for the students and for the adults.

Susan NussbaumSocial organization is embodied in its institutions, which perform the necessary tasks of a society. So, institutions like ILLC may be inevitable, but it is important...

Here is a wonderful article about Susan Nussbaum's journey to this book.

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