Novel Approach: Grappling with the tides of sisterhood

"Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” — Sir Francis Bacon
We can’t choose our families, but we can choose the manner in which we care and love our relatives. Our most recent review transports us to the autumnal snow of a struggling town in Michigan.

“The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray

In her debut novel, Anissa Gray delicately peels away the layers of familial heartache in this story about a wobbling sisterhood. After Althea and her husband are convicted of a crime, her teenage twins are placed in the care of her youngest sister Lillian. However, once Althea receives her sentencing, her middle sister Viola returns to help care for her nieces. This compelling read takes a headlong dive into the different types of hunger that motivate us to chase after our desires as Gray tells the story through each of the Butler sister’s eyes. Althea, the oldest, had motherhood unwillingly thrust upon her as a child after the family lost their matriarch. Viola struggles with an eating disorder re-emerge as her personal life implodes. Lillian delicately tries to keep herself from crumbling as she tries to care for children that long for their distant mother.
Gray’s prose weaves a sentimental story that explores tragedy, grief, domestic abuse, eating disorders and incarceration with poetic sensibility.

From the book jacket…

“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 gripping as it is important.”

If you enjoy…

For readers looking to explore more familial heartache “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng, grips the reader as the Lee family reels from the abrupt death of one of their own. The Lees each try to piece together the days that led up to their shared tragedy.