Lovelies, there was a time before Broke-Ass was who she is today: a foul-mouthed, over-educated, underemployed, financially bled-out mother of three. Indeed, for 39 years Broke-Ass was just a regular, tortured writer. And a bit more than that, but that brings us to the following point.
Broke-Ass’s given name is Susan Gregory Thomas, author of, among other things, the forthcoming memoir, In Spite of Everything (Random House: July 12, 2011). You can order it on Amazon, or, better yet, at your local independent bookstore–if you still have one–but Broke-Ass applies to your nobler sensibilities when she humbly asks you to pick up a copy. We’re getting eaten alive by the chickens over here at the Rancho, and life is looking even grimmer, financially speaking, than it ever has. Thank you. Bless you. Really.
If you live in the New York area, there will be a book party in honor of this messy project at Brooklyn’s own BookCourt on July 21 at 7pm. Good Lord, Broke-Ass would be overjoyed to see you there. Over. Fucking. Joyed. Big, sloppy kisses to everyone who comes out!
In case your curiosity is piqued, the following crazy-ass smart writers have, for some reason, had the following to say about In Spite of Everything.
“Raw, funny, searingly honest and electrifyingly intelligent . . . As a field guide to the beat-up, busted heart of Generation X, it’s damn near definitive. Thomas solves the mystery of her devastating divorce—and the emotional catastrophe that defines a generation.”—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
“This smart and emotionally mighty memoir will show you how every family of divorce is unhappy in ways we can all relate to, learn from, cry about, and (after reading such a great book) transcend. Sad and funny, In Spite of Everything is the first book to dissect, with scientific definitiveness, the Busted-Marriage Generation. It also tells a very moving personal story with real beauty.”—Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life
“At once a literate and poignant memoir and incisive journalistic illumination of the cult of domestic consumption, In Spite of Everything is a remarkable and moving study of an American generation’s uneasy search for home.”—Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
“Honest, riveting and illuminating . . . An indelible portrait, not only of a family, but of an entire generation shaped by loneliness. Breathtakingly beautiful from start to finish.”—Lisa Dierbeck, author of One Pill Makes You Smaller
“This book is brave, startling, profoundly moving, and I could not put it down.”—Joanna Hershon, author of Swimming
“In In Spite of Everything, Susan Gregory Thomas goes way beyond American pop culture’s cute, run-of-the-mill bromides about marriage and parenting and gives us a work that’s shot through with a stark and clarifying light of honesty. It is an inspiring book—and an often uproariously funny one, too. In Spite of Everything establishes Susan Gregory Thomas as one of the most important new voices in American writing.”—Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World
“Engrossing . . . A deeply moving and personal tale of divorce, love, motherhood, and what makes us who we are.”—Marian Fontana, author of A Widow’s Walk
“Harrowing, hilarious, and profoundly wise . . . [In Spite of Everything] is the work of a supreme talent and an emotional daredevil, a woman courageous enough to reveal every scar that lines her heart.”—Brendan I. Koerner, author of Now the Hell Will Start
“As a memoir, In Spite of Everything is both raw and smart; as a generational analysis, it is spot on—culturally, economically and psychologically. This is an engaging and fast-paced memoir . . . and a generational portrait for those who refuse to be categorized.”—Lisa Chamberlain, author of Slackonomics
“In Spite of Everything is a profound emotional history of the last forty years. Susan Gregory Thomas is the expert on Generation X’s emotional fallout. All recovering latchkey kids should read this book.”—Ada Calhoun, author of Instinctive Parenting
Thank you, babydolls, for all your support, lo this time we’ve all been together. Broke-Ass, as always, loves you.