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A teenage girl named Shrap is sold into sex slavery by her father in exchange for a business. What follows is a story that is determined to tell itself, and a girl whose body and mind are struggling to become real through this broken telling. A Child Is Being Killed is a vessel that holds the problem posed by philosopher Maurice Blanchot: What does it mean to utter, “A chi ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published June 30th 2013 by Aqueous Books (first published June 29th 2013)
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Nate Jordon
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been suggested that the essence between life and death is a dream. And what is this essence, this fabric of memory, made of? What does it look like? Carolyn Zaikowski’s protagonist, Shrap, in A Child Is Being Killed says: “. . . some kind of wind through a window I created.” Zaikowski’s novel is a fractured, fragmented window through which a poetic narrative can be witnessed; it is constructed in such a way that asks the reader to examine its parts in relation to the whole, a harrowing st ...more
Mike Young
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full of ghost mothers and rat friends and dark weapons, A Child is Being Killed tells the story of Shrap and her harsh kidnapping and entrapment--or, rather, Shrap tells it up herself, determined not to succumb.

Shrap's narrative voice--constructed by Zaikowski with a tender, insightful control--is unforgettable. Trapped and shaky, Shrap whispers and sings and lingers and pleads and screams and prays and chants, embracing language's power to do nothing less than keep ourselves alive.

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Jason Anthony
Okay, I liked this book. I didn't love this book. At times it felt a little bit like Fences by Ben Brooks but without the great layout and typography, which is fine. I'm not going to like everything as much as I liked Fences. The problem was the feeling that I just could not shake that this book is REALLY not intended to be read by a white 30 year old male. I'm surprised I haven't seen other reviews saying this but this is some pretty heavy feminist literature right here. That's not a bad thing, ...more
Dawn Grimes
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not a typical novel - I finished in one sitting because i couldn't put it down - unlike anything i've ever read and when i was finished i felt stirred and turned inside out. The author gives voices to how the unimaginable - tho tragically all too real - manifests in the heart and mind of a child - a soul - trying to survive. It is brilliant work for the tragedy that it exposes that goes beyond the moral and criminal wrongs committed but the assault on a spirit and the that spirit's determiniatio ...more
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Carolyn Zaikowski is the author of the hybrid novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Entropy Magazine, The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Dusie, PANK and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creativ ...more

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