Charles Bock

» Episode 1: All Over The Map

“The lens zooms in, then draws back. The images are shaky: a celebration, that much is clear; children in bright orange jerseys and matching baseball caps, some worn backward, or with bills to the side.”

Charles Bock was born and raised in Las Vegas, where his grandfather, parents, and brothers are pawnbrokers. But Bock stresses that his debut novel, Beautiful Children, which is set in Vegas, “does not, repeat not, revolve around a pawn shop, Judaism, my parents, or any such things. It is not a roman a clef or a veiled memoir or anything like that...” The New York Times called the novel “ravishing,” and yes, “beautiful.”


See what others are saying:

Leaving Las Vegas, Liesl Schillinger. The New York Times, February 3, 2008

Beautiful Children, Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly, January 18, 2008

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