Kings County

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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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6.6 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

David Goodwillie is the author of the novels Kings County, American Subversive, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. Goodwillie has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, and Newsweek, among other publications. He has also been drafted to play professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives in Brooklyn.


"[A] hip and quick-paced literary thriller . . . Goodwillie excels at jet-black social satire in a style reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis. . . [H]e has written a scathing and hilarious indictment of our bizarre moment in time." --Malena Watrous, New York Times Book Review
"Definite beach-reading recommendation. . . A genuinely thrilling thriller." --The New Yorker
"The novel is thoughtful and dead-on in its presentation of our post-recession, digitally obsessed, self-centered and seemingly morally bankrupt culture." --Carol Memmott, USA Today
"A new voice has entered the city--youthful, wise, and with an enthralling story to tell. Goodwillie's rendering of an American woman seduced by radicalism skillfully examines the enduring themes of our lives: politics, media, loyalty and love." --Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life
"An incisive depiction of radicalism's seductive roots . . . Falls somewhere between Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama and John Updike's Terrorist." --Publishers Weekly
"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, author of Sweetbitter

"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, author of We Are Not Ourselves

"Kings County is a heart-wrenching love story, a character-driven suspense novel, and a lush thrill-ride through the New York City aughts. For some of us who lived in Brooklyn at the turn of the century, it's a meticulous period piece that doesn't sacrifice immediacy for the nostalgia it provokes. For those who didn't, it's a scintillating glimpse into the zeitgeist that followed 9/11--the music, movements, and sense of impending upheaval that foretold our chaotic present."
--Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me

"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, author of Then We Came to the End

"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, author of Netherland

"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, author of Apartment
Praise for American Subversive:

"No one could accuse David Goodwillie of playing it safe in his first novel. . . . The book moves like a potboiler. . . . Sequel, please?" --Vanity Fair