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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

by Anissa Gray

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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2019
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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For fans of The Mothers and an American Marriage, this dazzling debut novel is 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.

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"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." - Booklist

"This is perfect for fans of Brit Bennett's The Mothers; readers will be deeply affected by this story of a family wrestling to support itself." - Publishers Weekly

"A deep dive into the shifting alliances and betrayals among siblings." - Kirkus

"I was immediately taken by the power and honesty of Anissa Gray's voice. She is a writer to watch, and this debut is not to be missed!" - Terry McMillan, New York Times bestselling author of I Almost Forgot About You and Waiting to Exhale

"A trio of sisters navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness in Gray's heartfelt, beautifully written debut...Get an extra copy for your best friend or your own sister; this is one you're going to want to talk about." - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"Gray beautifully captures the way strong women can piece a community back together, taking care of their loved ones while still figuring out how to care for themselves. A graceful debut that feels timely and important." - Karin Tanabe, author of The Gilded Years

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Linda Miller

The Care and Feeding of Hungry Girls
All families have some form of dysfunction but this family was in a dysfunctional state for a long time. The parents died and Althea the oldest was charged with the duty of looking after her brother and sisters. Althea marries and her husband agreed to help raise her siblings. They became persons who were looked up to in the community owning a restaurant and doing work within the community. For some reason they do something very illegal in their business and are sent to jail. Althea now has to rely upon the help of her now grown siblings to raise her children while in jail.

The book is told from the point of Althea and her sisters, alternating chapters. I think the dysfuntion in the family came from each sibling looking for something to fill the hunger left in their lives from the dysfuntion of their own family growing up and losing their parents and now the hunger has also been passed on to Althea's daughters. Each person in the book is looking for what they think will fill the void in them often making very poor choices.

Di Wolter

Loved this book!
Once I started reading, it was a book I couldn't put down. Loved the complex characters, the pacing of the story, the surprises, and the ending! Different in many ways from any book I've read previously. Bravo, Ms. Gray! Keep writing!

Jennie R. (Highland, CA)

Congratulations to Ms. Gray on this debut!
What an excellent read. The female characters in this novel were so well drawn...I had a mental image of each one in my head as I read this novel. So real, so compelling, so complicated and juicy and messy. Just like a real family. Completely believable and relatable for most readers I think. Interesting look at relationships between mothers, daughters, siblings and lovers and how fragile they can be. Just enough tension and heart. I can't wait to read what the talented Anissa Gray gives us in her next book.

Louise E. (Ocean View, DE)

Coming Together
I was drawn right into the story because I wanted to know why Althea and her husband were in jail. Even though The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls story was told from Althea and her two sisters' points of view, it was easy to follow. Although the sisters haven't always gotten along they came together to take care of Althea's daughters, Kim and Baby Vi. Along the way you find out their family history and that despite the hardships growing up they still love and support each other. It was interesting because after a while I realized that the title was more than just one sister having an eating disorder, there were other types of hunger they experienced. I was rooting for the sisters and the daughters to resolve some of their issues and they did. I was particularly glad that the aunts were able to help Kim. It's a very interesting story and there is much to discuss for a book club.

Martha D. (Hillsboro, OR)

A story of sisters
There's something about the dynamics between sisters that is always full of drama. The story was layered and fascinating, I was immediately drawn in and invested in their outcome. A well written and deeply moving novel. I look forward to future books from this author.

Lois P. (Hillsborough, NC)

The Complex Lives of Women
I was instantly taken into the complex lives of the women in the Butler Family. In this book we see how they have suffered, sacrificed, celebrated and unified to survive and to tend to the needs of the family's female heirs, Little Vi and Kim. Set in rural Michigan, this African American family is very real as they strive to succeed in a world where life is tough.

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Anissa Gray Author Biography

Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia award-winning journalist at CNN Worldwide. She began her career at Reuters as a reporter covering business and international finance. Born in St. Joseph, Mich., Gray studied English and American literature at New York University. She lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her wife. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is her debut novel.

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