SUMMARY Ë Stupid Children


A voice similar to Donald Barthelme Hilarious offbeat fast paced and wildly imaginative Zion a doctor of psychology imbues her characters with bizarre psychological abnormalities to create vivid memorable eccentrics that leap from the page With deadpan wonderful ruminations on tattoos the nature of coincidence drug use father daughter relationships mental illness violence and deviant sexuality this novel is destined to become a cult favori. Stupid Children is a disturbing book So much happens to Jane in Foster Care it is hard to read I found myself cringing as she described the cleansing ceremony This story is fiction but we have recently had young girls held against their will for years by a madman Bizarre yes Could it really happen Absolutely Foster kids runaways missing childrenthere are stories worse than this that make the headlines a few times each year Parents know where your children are and who they are with

CHARACTERS Stupid Children

Stupid ChildrenJane lived happily in Miami Beach with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system By chance Jane is assigned to foster parents in central Florida who are deeply involved in the Second Day Believersmdasha cult focused on the “cleansing” of mental impurities in their children and the sanctity of the internal organs of farm animals Jane is uickly initiated into th. An unusual story with occasional bursts of wisdom At times the narrator Jane seems to rant and then she is filled with revelations on a wide range of topics She never comes across as a stupid child but as an ageless being who has earned her rightful place at the head of the table It’s her job to inform the world what she’s heard and seen while in foster care and a cult She does this with feeling but never too much Most of her experiences are related from the intellect It’s those moments when she speaks directly from her heart that the story delivers Lenore Zion serves up a uniue understanding of the unsettling events in the wilderness of abandoned children

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SUMMARY Ë Stupid Children ☆ Jane lived happily in Miami Beach with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system By chance Jane is assigned to foster parents in central Florida who are deeply involved in the Second Day Believersmdasha cult focused on the “cleansing” of mental imE Second Day Believers but her father’s lingering voice prevents her from becoming entirely indoctrinated Despite Jane’s resistance she is revered in the cult as the second coming of the late wife of Sir One the leader of the Second Day Believers Poised to rise through the ranks of the insane cult and marry their leader Jane must make a difficult choice Stupid Children is a story inspired by Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love and written in. Death is inescapable; It’s all around us no matter where we are no matter what we do How we perceive it though is up to usFollowing Jane through to her journey of adolescence; the failed suicide attempt of her father and then foster care her life is full of colourIt’s always interesting to see how a person can lose absolutely everything and then begin to rebuild themselves from the ground upSome will give up and collapse others will build themselves strongerOf course the Second Day Believers will claim that their goal is to help Jane but ultimately it’s up to her how she responses to their beliefs if she even agrees in the first placeFostering a new adventureThe majority of the fun comes from her carers who just so happen to be Second Day Believers a cult that focuses on cleansing its children of all their mental impuritiesOne of their methods includes re birthing the children out of a dead cow for them to take on their own spirit animal Jane’s a bob cat by coincidence is the same as the groups’ elderly leader which is only the start of their similaritiesIs Jane the leader reborn Will she lead the Second Day Believers forward in the name of their religion Does she careAny man wearing a badge on his chest boasting one particular uality or value is a man who is hiding ten other ualities and values he didn’t see fit to pin to his lapel Lenore Zion Stupid ChildrenHer new parents Connie and Martin Madame and Sir Six are eccentric in both their ways and beliefs They certainly have their own methods when it comes to raising children within the communityThese new ideas are what test Jane’s way of thinking especially concerning her deeper introspections on deathSpeaking of inward death it’s a common theme running throughout Stupid ChildrenWhere ever Jane goes death seems to follow and from a young and impressionable age it’s easy for her to concede that it’s her faultHowever a lot of it’s either life taking its natural tole or unfortunate eventsWhen she’s still young her father buys her a hedgehog to help her deal with the death of her mother as well as understand further the passing of living creatures; as eventually she’ll have to deal with the hedgehog’s deathUnfortunately Bushpig the hedgehog dies after six months; voiding its bowels all over its cageJane starts to wonder if this is the same way in which her Mother died – One big final mess for somebody else to clean upShe adopts a strong adult voice throughout the book which comes from the fact that she’s almost had to parent her own father since the death of her motherHe’s struggled with life since constantly turning to Jane for reassurance and stabilityThese comparisons show excellent introspection from Zion bringing together the corresponding links between the death of a loved one and the unanswered uestions that followWhile on the subject of Zion she has a doctorate in psychology specialising in sexual pathology This definitely shines through in the bookTopics of learned helplessness and a mother’s role are also touched upon throughoutSurrealist Acid DreamsWhat sets this book apart from others is the surrealist nature of the cult much like the Binewski family in Geek LoveThis permits the reader a chance to take in the whole thing with a pinch of salt not taking it all too seriouslyA perfect example is the barn scene towards the endJane wakes from a manger housed in a pink bedroom that’s surrounded by barbed wireShe’s visited by a gentleman in a wheelchair known as Sir One who’s accompanied by two women both of whom are wearing clothes of ‘a preacher from the early 1900’s’The absurdity is played entirely tongue in cheek but you can’t help but enjoy how the environments along with the characters inhabiting it unfoldClosing ThoughtsStupid Children is an excellent illusionary trip through the distorted confides of a sectarian cultWith surreal imagery matched with philosophical musings that tip the scales well into the balance of exciting the book is both pungent and wild Given that the book is only 150 pages long it’s short punchy and definitely worth your time