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THE POOR CHILDREN
£10.00, P&P £3
The Poor Children is a book of meditations on the construction of motherhood, gender and the carceral family. It is about the house, it's about sex work and reproductive labour, and it is most of all a reflection of how we might think about love.
"This explicit situating of memoir-like material within a wider political, cultural and intellectual framework will be familiar to those who have been following writers such as Chris Kraus, Paul Preciado or Kate Zambreno over the last decade. Slack, however, refuses any linearity, trying to create a style that sits between a stream-of-consciousness novel and a set of aphorisms.
...one of the style’s biggest strengths is how it allows Slack to shift from observations about the minutiae of everyday life to sweeping philosophical or political insights in a moment, almost without the reader noticing.
...Slack’s openness throughout this ‘memory project’ makes “The Poor Children” a work of catharsis not just for the writer but also the reader – we are invited to do our own “memory work”, and given a literary style that can provide a frame- work. If we don’t want to do that, however, we can just let Slack’s reflections sit with us, accepting the invitation to consider how concepts such as “motherhood” and “queerness” complicate each other, taking her work not as a dictation but as an invitation to dialogue, or at least our own rumination. "
Juliet Jacques, Schirn Magazine August 2021
“I’m obsessed with this original, innovative & boundary breaking novel by Suzanna
Slack, recommended by Sophie Collins and Mount Florida Books. Motherhood,
queerness, class, suffering & love, in one of the freshest voices I’ve read in years. A
sharp wind blowing over broken glass.”
"Also a great admiration for the ways in which (they) remade a language somehow, out of the ruins or on the margins of something"
“Order this book!”
"I found it truly moving, eloquent, insightful, on almost every aspect of Love."
"There's an achy, startling quality in The Poor Children that's almost unbearable – but there is also magic, beauty, care, wonder and a hardcore honesty deft at unravelling the queer intricacies of staying alive, against all odds, in a heterosexist white supremacist world we didn't make and yet keep waking up to over & over. The Poor Children reads like a playbook for unmaking and remaking our rotten, stinky world, stretching and bending what's left of it to host ever more life, holding all living things from the very big to the very small. Suzanna Slack cuts through the dull illusions surrounding our modern day myths about money, marriage and motherhood to tell us tales we desperately need about failed social systems and slow collective healing. Read it now."
Dr. Sofia Varino
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English & American Studies
University of Potsdam
"Their writing style is absolutely captivating and inspiring me to read more and to keep on reading. it's delectable and unique. i enjoy a lot and it reminds me of the joy that is reading. a proof of that is simply the fact that from the get go, i'm not sure that i would have read something about this subject matter. They have a very clear working class critique that isn't done in an expected or matter of fact sort of a way. i appreciate it a lot. thank you for doing this."
Liad Hussein Kantorowicz
"such a singular and brilliant mind"
Dr Kate Hardy, University of Leeds
"like being in an empty funfair, underwater, upside-down. I am lost and found and touched."
"There's something - not shamanic, exactly? But that kind of polyvocality; not Bahktinian carnival, not exactly Harawayan heteroglossia; not a chorus, but maybe something more like a crowd, not gathered in protest necessarily, but gathered with a congruence of purpose - in the "I" in The Poor Children"
Sam Cha, author of The Yellow Book
“I reread (their) book today, in the gloomy weather, the rain. It grows, expands in a haunting, resonant way. It is a surprise, a burden and a joy.”
“I find it so unique and it resonates in ways I can’t explain. I find myself wanting to create more evocative dreamscape narratives on the days I read a few pages”
Sophie Collins, author of Small White Monkeys, and who included it in her Books of the Year in The White Review Books of 2022
“I cannot express how much these books entranced me. It’s been a long time since I read something that gave me this almost telepathic
feeling of a kind of language which is close to how the world often feels to me, and is what I want writing to do somehow or make space for, and there is such shimmery abundance of memory work which is so vital and sets off all these associations. I was raised in a single parent family and there were so many moments of recognition and bittersweetness I found so so moving in The Shedding and The Poor Children especially. But also just the way your narrator or speaker’s attention moves associatively between things and the almost musical
weaving of detail. There is so much more to say (maybe one day I will find a way to write about your writing)!”
Maria Sledmere (on The Poor Children and The Shedding)
IS THIS IT?
Is This It? is one part in three of a non-sequential memory trilogy.
"I picked up Is This It? in Burley Fisher a little while ago, and read it recently - and enjoyed it a lot. (I especially liked the way you wrote about longing - it really resonated with me.)"
The Shedding is one part in three of the non-sequential memory trilogy with Is This It? & The Poor Children. This book accidentally comes in colour!
A series of meditations on - perhaps - fatherlessness and how to father ourselves: the empty nest and the empty house (again). On sex work, childcare, care for the elderly, the work of adolescence and menopause and loss of memory. On refusals and inabilities to “work” or to “care” or to tell stories, observe rituals.
“This was potential violence: breakfast. The bakery, the inn. Flour and refuge, the tithe.”
“I really like (their) writing voice, how rambling yet focused and tight on detail it is. It has a real electric movement”
“I cannot express how much these books entranced me”
Maria Sledmere (on The Poor Children and The Shedding)
PRAISE FOR OTHER WORK BY SUZANNA SLACK:
“There’s nobody I learn as much from as Suzanna Slack. They’re a healing and bullshit-proof force in this world”
“I think it’s my new favourite”
“Suzanna Slack is called Ellis. Above all they value truth, honesty, care. Their art is their world and their art is a complete one. They create with their whole being.”
“WOW! We finished reading this out loud to each other and then talked about how obsessed we were with it. Thanks again for honoring us with your dreamstate brilliance!”
Zoe Tuck and Emily Bark Brown (Hot Pink Magazine)
“I was introduced properly to your work (though your name was familiar) this
summer through Sophie Collins, whose taste is excellent, and wholly found
myself consumed in as much of your writing as I could get my hands on. So
thankful for the internet in this instance (and I really appreciate how you write
about the internet). There was a whole week of reciting My heart was a giant peony over and over <3
I keep finding more bits of your writing online and it’s full of that energy of
writing which is way more than literature, I mean it is magic and in some degree
necessarily indescribable — it gave me a feel for how I remember writing could
feel before the platforms accelerated beyond measure or maybe my reading kind
of ruined by work — like reading it was teaching myself to love language again.”