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Kings County

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
A Brooklyn love story, set to music.

Kings County crystallizes how it feels to be young and in love in New York City.” —Stephanie Danler

“A true and continual delight...Goodwillie captures the rapturous soul of a bygone Brooklyn.” —Joshua Ferris

It’s the early 2000s and like generations of ambitious young people before her, Audrey Benton arrives in New York City on a bus from nowhere. Broke but resourceful, she soon finds a home for herself amid the burgeoning music scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But the city’s freedom comes with risks, and Audrey makes compromises to survive. As she becomes a minor celebrity in indie rock circles, she finds an unlikely match in Theo Gorski, a shy but idealistic mill-town kid who’s struggling to establish himself in the still-patrician world of books. But then an old acquaintance of Audrey’s disappears under mysterious circumstances, sparking a series of escalating crises that force the couple to confront a dangerous secret from her past.

From the raucous heights of Occupy Wall Street to the comical lows of the publishing industry, from million-dollar art auctions to Bushwick drug dens, Kings County captures New York City at a moment of cultural reckoning. Grappling with the resonant issues and themes of our time—sex and violence, art and commerce, friendship and family—it is an epic coming-of-age tale about love, consequences, bravery, and fighting for one’s place in an ever-changing world.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Dazzling writing, propulsive storytelling, relevant and timeless characters—that’s exactly what David Goodwillie has accomplished in Kings County. He’s created a true urban tableau, at once gritty and hopeful. Kings County crystallizes how it feels to be young and in love in New York City." - Stephanie Danler

"Goodwillie captures the rapturous soul of a bygone Brooklyn: the songs, the sex, the bars, the youth! And then the churn of relentless change, the broken hearts, the crushing realities. But it is the searing burn of discovery that makes Kings County a true and continual delight." - Joshua Ferris

"Goodwillie pins his characters to the page with a lepidopterist’s merciless affection—and then, by some trick of resuscitation, lets them fly in a Brooklyn that’s a kind of darkly miraculous forest populated by charismatic and errant fauna. Kings County is a thrilling and persuasive read." - Joseph O'Neill

"Goodwillie has the anthropology of New York down. In Kings County, young professionals struggle to find their moral compass as they test the limits of their relationships under the glare of city lights, and suffer the dramatic effects of their past and present decisions. He weaves suspense around a dark, page-turning mystery that stays palpable to the end, and his confident—and often comedic—narrative hand allows him to seamlessly fold in contemporary events and generate a necessary social document for this new age of unenlightenment." - Matthew Thomas

"With Tom Wolfean sociological precision, David Goodwillie casts an insider’s eye on the Brooklyn creative class in a gripping novel as suspenseful as it is panoramic. Kings County is a grand, galloping ride." - Teddy Wayne


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July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kings County
Author(s): David Goodwillie
ISBN: 1-5011-9213-2 / 978-1-5011-9213-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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July 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kings County
Author(s): David Goodwillie
ISBN: 1-5011-9214-0 / 978-1-5011-9214-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Kings County
Author(s): David Goodwillie
ISBN: 1-79710-742-9 / 978-1-79710-742-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kings County
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Title: Kings County
Author(s): David Goodwillie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Kings County
Author(s): David Goodwillie
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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