Sukey Forbes has a written a memoir titled ‘The Angel in My Pocket’ that will be published by Viking Penguin in May of 2014. The book is a memoir of the grief of losing her middle child at a young age wound through the backdrop of her family’s long history in New England.
Sukey comes from a long line of New England eccentrics. Benign neglect was served up as Emersonian Self Reliance. Like many old New Englanders she grew up in a drafty old house with a wood fired furnace and fireplaces in each of the rooms to supplement the heat. The house was short on heat but long on charm. The furniture in Sukey’s childhood home did not come from Shabby Chic. Her family furnishings earned their well worn patina the good old fashioned way– through 150 years of benign neglect. Art, artifacts, drawers filled with old love letters and journals from the 1850s mixed in with her mother’s contemporary watercolors and treasures from relatives past and present. One never knew what one would find in a drawer in her house. You were just as likely to find a New Yorker magazine as a vintage Playboy in the old bathrooms.
She left all that behind in the 1990s when she travelled the world seeking to broaden her perspectives on life, art, people. Her adventures took her to the Scottish Moors of her family forebearers as well as throughout Europe, Japan and the Western United States. She settled in to San Francisco and called that home for 15 years while she married and raised her three children.
But the siren song of New England got the best of Sukey and she eventually headed back to New England with her eclectic design and fashion aesthetic. She began to layer lucite with dark carved wood, gilded rococco sconces with taxidermy. Each piece she collected had personality, interest, quality, integrity and versatility. These same characteristics she values in her friends.
She sells her treasures through small boutiques, to private clients, and at select antique markets on the east coast. When Sukey is not hawking and peddling her antiques she can be found writing at her desk and telling stories. Losing her middle child in 2004 very suddenly at the age of 6 nearly sapped the life out of her. She early on decided to that of her three stark choices DIE EXIST or LIVE that the only option was to live. She writes about finding her way back to life. Her writing is witty, wry, poignant and irreverant.