The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
“And I think about, not just what Mama wrote, but what she said to me when she was a young woman and at the end of her life. “Sometimes life can pull a lot out of you, Althea. Just squeeze you dry. And if you don’t have a way to get back whatever’s good and precious to you, it’s like losing your soul.”
DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND ORDER THIS BOOK. Gray’s debut easily secures a spot as one of my top reads of 2019 and I am so excited that it's finally out in the world! I started it last night after everyone went to bed and I could not tear myself away from it until 2 am this morning when I turned the last page. This is the captivating story of how three sisters fall apart and put themselves back together after the oldest sister, Althea and her husband, are arrested amidst shocking allegations. Each character has endured her own childhood trauma and the author provides a poignant look at how that trauma has bled over in to their adult relationships and their parenting. With Althea behind bars, everyone is forced to face the events of the past and what follows is a stunning work of women hungry for reconnection, forgiveness, and the chance to rebuild themselves and their fractured family.
I do want to note that the plot addresses abuse and eating disorders, so be mindful if these are triggers for you. I can't wait to see what other readers think about Althea, Lillian and Viola and I hope that this is not the last we will see of these women and their story. (There has to be a follow up book!!! I am not ready to let these characters go!!!) ALL THE STARS and many, many thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing this complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.