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The care and feeding of ravenously hungry girls / Anissa Gray.

Gray, Anissa, author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library GRA (Text) 33500013006960 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library GRA (Text) 33500013006952 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library GRA (Text) 35500006138281 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781984802439
  • ISBN: 1984802437
  • Physical Description: 294 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials, as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest, but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister's teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    Gray's engrossing and moving debut novel considers secrets and lies and their effect on the families of three sisters. Growing up, Althea took care of her younger siblings after their mother died, but now that she and her husband are facing prison sentences, she will be the one who needs all the help she can get. Lillian, the youngest sister, steps in to take care of Althea's children, angry Kim and shy Baby Vi, while middle sister Viola travels in from Chicago to help. Lillian and Viola are already fighting their own battles—Lillian cares for her elderly mother-in-law and struggles with the legacy of childhood abuse at the hands of her brother, while Viola is in the throes of an eating-disorder relapse. Alternating among each sister's perspective, the story unravels at a measured pace, deliciously feeding the reader surprises about the past and present throughout. This is a good choice for readers who enjoyed Caroline Leavitt's Cruel Beautiful World (2016), Tayari Jones' An American Marriage (2018), and other family dramas. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anissa Gray is a Senior Editor at CNN Worldwide and a contributor to Emmy and DuPont-Columbia award-winning coverage of some of the most consequential stories of our time. She began her career at Reuters as a reporter, based in New York, covering business news and international finance. Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray studied English and American literature at New York University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife.

Subject: Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
African American families > Fiction.
African American families.
FICTION / Women.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / African American / General.
Genre: Fiction.
FICTION / Women.

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