Young God

Young God

Book - 2014
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Longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
Named a Best Book of the Year by Buzzfeed, The Times Literary Supplement (Selected By Eimear McBride), and the Houston Chronicle

"This is a furious blaze of a book that will rough you up and reorder your sense of the world and what's possible in it. It's a debut for the ages. Read it."-Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

Nikki is the most determined young woman in the North Carolina hills. Determined not to let deadbeats and dropouts set her future. Determined to use whatever tools she can get her hands on to shape the world to her will. Determined to preserve her family's domination of the local drug trade. Nikki is thirteen years old.

Opening with a fatal plunge from a high cliff, Young God rushes forward as it charts Nikki's battles against isolation and victimhood. Nikki may be young, but she's a fast learner, and soon she learns exactly how to wield her powers over the people around her. The only thing slowing her down is the inheritance she's been promised but can't seem to find, buried somewhere in those hills and always just out of reach."A coming of age story by way of Breaking Bad " ( The Rumpus ), Young God is a brash and electrifying novel that demands your attention and refuses to be forgotten.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2014.
ISBN: 9781250069245
Characteristics: 195 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 16, 2014

This book was obviously within the author's heart & just waiting for the moment it could be brought forth. I was drawn in by the title as well as the comments & reviews listed on the back cover . . . it delivered.

Jun 21, 2014

Within the first eight pages of Young God, thirteen-year-old Nikki jumps off a cliff into a pool of water below after being dared, flirts with her mother’s boyfriend, and then watches her mother die as she attempts the same jump from the cliff. By the end of the second chapter, she has had sex with the boyfriend, stolen his car and his bag of drugs, and moved back into her crack head father’s trailer where he lives with a woman he pimps out at a local motel. All while avoiding the killjoys at DSS who want to put her back in foster care. The remaining chapters of this slim debut chronicle Nikki’s continued escapades as she both experiments with the products she’s now selling and tries to negotiate her rise to drug kingpin in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.

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