— David Morrell, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
“Brutal and brilliant are the words that come to mind to describe April L. Ford’s award-winning short story collection, THE POOR CHILDREN. Here are seven searing stories delineating the lives of yes, economically-deprived children, but more devastatingly, children whose emotional deprivation drives them to the outer dark of madness. In the no-man’s land of rural French Canada, Ford inhabits deeply the voices of teenage protagonists who must carve out destiny and identity from a paucity of resources—what they fashion is terrifying—and thanks to Ford’s masterful insight and prose—a must-read.”
— Alice Lichtenstein, author of LOST (Scribner, 2010)
“April L. Ford’s prose is a sort of nimbus about darkness. She deals with painful subject matter in an unflinching manner reminiscent of some of Cormac McCarthy’s early books. THE POOR CHILDREN is a compelling, brave, and original debut.”
— Naeem Murr, author of THE PERFECT MAN (Random House, 2007)
“These are smart, sad, funny, reckless, all-over-the-emotional-map stories that never lose their focus nor their grip on the reader. A harrowing and outstanding collection.”
— Fred G. Leebron, author of IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS (Harcourt, 2002)
“April L. Ford’s stories are a scorching corrective to kneejerk sentiment; they remind us that youth, while it has its pleasures, is essentially a battleground. A memorable debut.”
— Jonathan Dee, author of THE PRIVILEGES (Random House, 2010)
A new blog post! 11/15/14: Not Your Playdate
www.april-l-ford.com is getting a new look–stay tuned!
April’s first novel, Gentle, was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2014 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition–what an honor!
Great news! The Poor Children, April L. Ford’s debut story collection, is available for pre-order within the U.S.! Pre-orders will ship in February 2015, well ahead of the spring 2015 worldwide release date. Order your copy today!