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.
Beth Nugent received an MFA from the University of Iowa. She teaches at the University of Denver. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street; she is the author of the short story collection City of… More about Beth Nugent
"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