In Spite of Everything: Broke-Ass, the Prequel

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.




About brokeassgrouch

I'm goddamned broke and grouchy. I live in the middle of the damned ghetto and raise chickens for eggs; grow all my own vegetables and fruit; bake the bread and make the cleaning products. Why? Because I fucking have to, that's why! That's what you do when you're fucking poor! You have to make the shit yourself, dumb-ass! Broke-Ass Grouch is sick of all you Bennington and RISD trustafarians yapping about your "urban farming co-ops" and your "carbon conscious lifestyle" and your "green choices" in the Times Styles section and every alternapress periodical that you can pick up for free in every eye-wateringly expensive, edgy bakery or green-market. Maybe when you have a trust fund, you can make "choices" or have a "lifestyle" or "decide" how to "spend" your "money." Excuse me, but Mama is just trying to feed her kids over here, you little shits. And stop spraying your art-school graffiti on the fence of the vacant lot across the street from my house. I know who you are, and I'm telling my friend Keith (who lives in the projects) that it was you who painted that cartoon of the African mask. So what can I tell you? I don't fucking know. I know a lot about being broke, sure as Bob's your fucking uncle. I know about how useless an Ivy League degree is when you're flat-ass broke. I know how to unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar, and I know how to make my own CHEESE, for fuck's sake. You tell me.
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5 Responses to In Spite of Everything: Broke-Ass, the Prequel

  1. Barbara Spencer says:

    Props to you gf. I ordered two for the mushkies.

  2. momuphigh says:

    I’m asking the librarian to order this, can’t afford it myself…it does suck to be broke.

  3. Tifany cain says:

    I just finished that book. LOVED it. I didn’t want it to end, so funny and on the goddamn mark.Honest and hilarious, too. And now I found this blog which makes my day.

  4. Kristin Hondros says:

    I devoured your book. It was a deeply moving funny poetic YAWP that just nailed so so many things for me. The classical Greek drama themes were fabulous. And this motherhood thing sure is some primal shit. Thanks for writing. I loved it and am telling everyone.

  5. Well I’m with you all the way,I see so many trust fund “babies”talking to me about choices except I have to pay my rent cos my daddy ain’t gonna do it for me and neither is my cum lade degree apparently! I’ve had a dream to create a place where people could learn how to grow their stuff (for free) as well as build their own abodes (still for free,such a socialist) but finding food and cash always seems to get in the way,although I have to say I haven’t lived the most conventional life since I graduated college/could not pay my rent anymore/had to start finding different ways to survive/ I guess I’ll do some work exchange on your dirty ass farm like all these rich kids who could be somewhere else but chose to be here….I could go on! Hope to hear more from you,loved the NYT article by the way!

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