This edgy, stunning collection deftly examines the underbelly of the human condition through a fascinating cross-section of characters—a correctional officer fixated on a juvenile offender, a Goth teenager and her werewolf boyfriend, a pyromaniac by happenstance, a set of twins haunted by an unconfirmed death. Pushing beyond the norms of daily life and into the sometimes morally lawless worlds of her characters, Ford explores the eccentric, the perverse, the disenfranchised, and the darkly comic possibilities at play in us all.
From the amazing first sentence of Ford’s debut collection, I was hooked. This is a rarity: a compellingly original voice and vision.
— David Morrell, creator of “Rambo”
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, Pulitzer Prize nominee & author of The Privileges
Brutal and brilliant. 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
Watch the book trailer:
Click to download: The Poor Children press release.
Ottowa Review of Books | CCLaP – The Year in Books 2015: Jason Pettus’ Favorites | Chicago Center for Literature and Photography | Philadelphia Review of Books | Chronogram | Five Writers | New Madrid Journal | Kirkus Reviews
The Story Prize | Authorlink | Out of Bounds Radio Show | Red Dragon Reading Series, SUNY Oneonta | SmokeLong Quarterly | Black Heart Magazine | Best New Fiction | RKVRY Quarterly | Delphi Quarterly | Santa Fe Writers Project