Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children
by Charles Bock
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For Newell Ewing, a twelve-year-old malcontent growing up in a middle-class Las Vegas subdivision, the Strip—“The neon. The halogen. The viscous liquid light”—is a bright abstraction, beads on the horizon as distant and unattainable as the moon. One Saturday evening, chaperoned by his older friend Kenny, Newell makes his first visit to the casinos. He never comes home. Charles Bock’s first novel, Beautiful Children, opens almost a year after the fateful August night Newell ran away.
Newell’s parents realize that their prolonged estrangement may have contributed to his disappearance. A former minor-league infielder, Lincoln “Link” Ewing sleeps in the guest room and continues to do his job, leasing convention space at the Kubla Khan casino, by rote. His homemaker wife, ex-showgirl Lorraine, maintains their
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