Set in New York City, middle America, the beaches of Florida and rural highways, suburban kitchens, and cross-country trains, the ten stories of City of Boys evoke a haunting landscape at once familiar and strange. A small-town girl flees her domineering mother and falls into an obsessive love affair with an older woman in New York City. A sixteen-year-old envies her cousin’s sex appeal while avoiding the attentions of her middle-aged uncle. A brother tries to protect his sister by convincing her never to leave their apartment, but his control is threatened when he takes a new job. And there is more, in this stunning debut by a masterful new voice in American literature.
"Nugent looks into the maelstrom without blinking, and she is a terrific writer." — Boston Globe"City of Boys can be appreciated for its nuances and its oblique style….[It] is unpredictable and haunting."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Penetrating, eerie and affecting…Nugent cuts to the bone of characters, relationships, situations." — Houston Post