Young God (Paperback)

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Nikki Hawkins is an exceptionally driven thirteen year-old girl living in the backwoods of North Carolina, who wants nothing more than to take over the family business. It just so happens that business is running the largest drug empire in the county. A violent, transgressive take on the coming-of-age tale, YOUNG GOD is a terrifying, fast-paced debut novel. Morris's prose is sparse and visceral, with the unsparing eye of Didion or Easton Ellis and a sense of place reminiscent of Woodrell. But Nikki is a wholly original character--a potent mix of childlike innocence and sociopathic amorality you won't soon forget. A truly frightening story, YOUNG GOD will take you deep into the darkness of America's rural underworld, and then deeper still into the recesses of a young, warped criminal mind coming into its own.

— From Young God (Katherine Faw Morris)


Longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
Named a Best Book of the Year by Buzzfeed, The Times Literary Supplement (Selected By Eimear McBride), and the Houston Chronicle

"This is a furious blaze of a book that will rough you up and reorder your sense of the world and what's possible in it. It's a debut for the ages. Read it."-Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

Nikki is the most determined young woman in the North Carolina hills. Determined not to let deadbeats and dropouts set her future. Determined to use whatever tools she can get her hands on to shape the world to her will. Determined to preserve her family's domination of the local drug trade. Nikki is thirteen years old.

Opening with a fatal plunge from a high cliff, Young God rushes forward as it charts Nikki's battles against isolation and victimhood. Nikki may be young, but she's a fast learner, and soon she learns exactly how to wield her powers over the people around her. The only thing slowing her down is the inheritance she's been promised but can't seem to find, buried somewhere in those hills and always just out of reach."A coming of age story by way of Breaking Bad" (The Rumpus), Young God is a brash and electrifying novel that demands your attention and refuses to be forgotten.

About the Author

Katherine Faw Morris was born in northwest North Carolina. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two pit bulls.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250069245
ISBN-10: 1250069246
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Pages: 208
Language: English