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Children of Poverty

Kia Corthron
Moon and the Mars

Kia Corthron Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Moon and the Mars, her second novel, was released in August 2021. Her debut, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her plays have been produced nationally and internationally and, for her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, and others. 

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Jakob Guanzon

Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Abundance, the story of a homeless man and his son, is his first novel. The New York Times said “Abundance captures is how mundane poverty is, and how psychologically punishing” and the starred review in Publisher’s Weekly said “Guanzon’s descriptions of grinding poverty are visceral, and Henry’s attempts to fend off relentless adversity for the sake of his son are heartbreaking.” He lived in Madrid, Spain for several years, where he began teaching, translating, and publishing prose and now lives in New York City.


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In Kia Corthron’s new novel,  Moon and the Mars, beginning in 1857, biracial seven-year-old orphan Theo Brigid Brook. She lives in Manhattan’s infamous impoverished Five Points district neighborhood in New York City with her Grammy Brook and Grammy Cahill, who are discriminated against for being Irish and Black, respectively. Theo observes the social upheaval and racial injustice leading up to the Civil War. 

Jakob Guanzon debuts with Abundance, a harrowing story of a man’s desperation and unyielding love for his son. Single father Henry has less than $100 to his name, and he’s planning on spending it on his son Junior’s eighth birthday present: a night in a hotel with a real bed and cable TV instead of sleeping in Henry’s truck. With each chapter name being the amount of money in his pocket, Guanzon’s descriptions of homelessness and grinding poverty are visceral 

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