The Poor Children: Stories by April L. Ford
“From the amazing first sentence of April L. Ford’s debut collection, The Poor Children, I was hooked. This is a rarity: a compellingly original voice and vision.” — David Morrell, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
“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)
“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’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!
In case you didn’t know, April started a blog (though she prefers to call it an unblog). Read her first posts here!