The Poor Children: Stories by April L. Ford

Read the press release for April’s debut short story collection, The Poor Children! The Poor Children is forthcoming April 1, 2015 with Santa Fe Writers Project.


ThePoorChildren_150w“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)