The Nerve

Excerpt from the novel Glorious Boy

Photo by Aimee Liu

The behemoth’s coat of forest green undulated, dense and vast as a creature in its own right — a creature intent on driving the slender white snake of beach back into the ocean.

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By design, the whole port functioned as one vast concentration camp, but since the inmates’ dominant crime was their will to fight for independence, Claire felt far more disgust for their British overlords than she did any fear of the prisoners themselves.

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The air had a queer golden vitality, like jazz music made visible.

Aimee Liu is the bestselling author of novels, most recently Glorious Boy, and nonfiction about eating disorders, wellness and psychology. More@

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