The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Anissa Gray / Feb 28, 2020

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls 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

  • Title: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
  • Author: Anissa Gray
  • ISBN: 1984802437
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.Alt 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Berkley More Details ISBN 1984802437 ISBN13 9781984802439 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray Author Release date Feb 19, 2019 One of the most anticipated reads of 2019 from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo The Mothers meets An Ame One of the most anticipated reads of 2019 from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo The Mothers meets An American Marriage HelloGiggles 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 If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness Washington Post 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 poetically written story that guides us through a deep darkness toward a faint whisper of light seeping from beneath a closet door A light that shows how love and forgiveness can come from unexpected places and triumph over than we ever imagine Delia Owens, New York Times bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing A trio of sisters navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness in Gray s heartfelt, beautifully written debutGet 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 313 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 02, 2019 Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves received to review, berkleypub, arc, 2019 popsugar reading challenge She s never been good to me She s always been different with me. The Butler family Althea, Viola, Lillian and Joe had a rough childhood They ve each managed to escape but not without scars. Althea, powerful and dominating, pulled her younger siblings up and out from squalor and raised them herself She finds herself in the center of a scandal and her world is rocked to the core But it was Althea and Proctor Cochran, people we trusted, who laid waste to the faith and loyalty of this who She s never been good to me She s always been different with me. The Butler family Althea, Viola, Lillian and Joe had a rough childhood They ve each managed to escape but not without scars. Althea, powerful and dominating, pulled her younger siblings up and out from squalor and raised them herself She finds herself in the center of a scandal and her world is rocked to the core But it was Althea and Proctor Cochran, people we trusted, who laid waste to the faith and loyalty of this whole town, holding their fund raisers, taking our money, promising to help, but never delivering We want to see justice done Viola, intelligent and damaged, made it through college and now works as a psychologist with her partner, Eva, but their most recent rough patch may be the end for them She s coming into town to help Lillian with Baby Vi and Kim while running from other things But I recall that deadly serious look in Kim s eyessomething dark, something distant, something desperate. Lillian, flustered and terrified, has taken in Althea s twin teenage daughters Baby Vi and Kim She s begging for help but when it is offered, she realizes that she cannot accept It severything s all right, right Everything s normal Anger snaps through me like a whip Nothing s normal Joe, charming and cruel, was once a source of abject terror for Lillian but he s now a pastor and has offered to take in the twins much to Lillian s horror Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone we are cut off. Althea was the backbone of the Butlers and eventually became the center of their little town But now she and her husband Proctor are in jail and the shock ripples through the town.The ripple effect quickly becomes a tsunami and the entire butler family is about to capsize And at the center of the storm Kim and Baby Vi I m worriedIt s been four days It s like she s vapor out there What if she really left town Where to Will the family be able to pull through Or will they scatter into the wind You re not going to find her, she said, her voice cracking, I waited too late First book of the new year and wow It was truly excellent The author just blew me out of the water This book felt so raw and real The characters felt truly alive their emotions and actions were perfectly rendered This was told through three alternating first person perspectives Althea, Viola and Lillian and I never doubted for a minute which character was which They all had such distinct personalities.The sisters really drove every aspect of the book and it was so expertly done that by the end, I really felt like I could have a conversation with them.Also, I loved how the author portrayed real issues bulimia, neglect, addiction without falling into stereotypical behaviors or turning it into a Lifetime movie thank goodness for that.The characters, the world building, the everything it was all amazing.So glad this was the first book of the year Talk about a great start With thanks to Berkley Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review flag 235 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jan 22, 2019 Angela M rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley reviews 4 starsFamilies seem to rally around each other in times of crisis, even dysfunctional ones where the relationships are complicated and where resentments and hurts have burdened them for many years This is such an impressive debut and Anissa Gray doesn t pull any punches here as the Butler siblings come together to care for their teenage nieces whose lives are upended when their parents are imprisoned for embezzling charity money The past relationships of three sisters, Althea, Lillian, Viola 4 starsFamilies seem to rally around each other in times of crisis, even dysfunctional ones where the relationships are complicated and where resentments and hurts have burdened them for many years This is such an impressive debut and Anissa Gray doesn t pull any punches here as the Butler siblings come together to care for their teenage nieces whose lives are upended when their parents are imprisoned for embezzling charity money The past relationships of three sisters, Althea, Lillian, Viola and their brother Joe come to the surface through the multiple narratives of the three sisters While their concern is for their two nieces and how best to care for them, the things that happened when they were children are still haunting them and are interfering with their desire to help their nieces Each of them is also facing dilemmas in their present life On top of this, the complexity of the story is compounded by the fact that one of the daughters, Kim actually reported her parents to the police, bringing to light another difficult relationship of a mother and daughter There is a lot going on here which makes it hard to discuss without giving anything away So I ll just say that this is a wonderfully written story It s hard to read at times when you see the emotional toll that the past has taken on these characters that I cared about from the beginning in spite of their flaws, their mistakes They are loving people in spite of it all I couldn t help but hope from the beginning that there would be a way forward for this hurting family, a way to heal, hoping that they could rise to the occasion to save each other and themselves from what is happening now and what is haunting them from the past Looking forward to what this author will do in the future Definitely recommended I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkley through NetGalley flag 168 likesLike see review View all 81 comments Christine A strong review, Angela Looks like one not to miss Jan 30, 2019 08 22AM Angela M Christine , thanks It s a great story Jan 30, 2019 08 50AM Oct 21, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves direct from publisher, 2018 five star books, favorites, must read 5 Extremely Emotional Stars.Have you ever been so unprepared for a book that you were completely bowled over by it You start reading and the tears immediately runneth over A part of you recognizes the angst, the fear and the regret The inability to communicate the words that should be said but aren t Yeah for me, that book was The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray There are some families where the dysfunction is so prevalent, so widespread, that it seems almost im 5 Extremely Emotional Stars.Have you ever been so unprepared for a book that you were completely bowled over by it You start reading and the tears immediately runneth over A part of you recognizes the angst, the fear and the regret The inability to communicate the words that should be said but aren t Yeah for me, that book was The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray There are some families where the dysfunction is so prevalent, so widespread, that it seems almost impossible to unpack such is the case with the Butlers Althea and Proctor did something very illegal embezzlement unfortunately, for them, they got caught Now they have to pay the price with a lengthy jail sentence, leaving Althea s sisters, Viola and Lillian to pick up the pieces Althea has never been an easy woman to deal with She has been hardened by life and has never been able to show affection, not to her sisters, or to her children, Kim and Baby Vi Her idea of parenting is tough love Unfortunately, it has had a major impact on all of them and not in a good way What do you do when you can t trust yourself and the fact of the matter is, the people closest to you don t even know you When you are unable to communicate your thoughts and feelings for fear of opening up old wounds Ask the Butler family Oh wait, you can t They won t talk about it Hence why they are in this predicament Dysfunction runs rampant in this family, such that it slowly tears the Butlers apart The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a work of fiction that ripped me in two, time and again That said, through Althea, Proctor, Viola, Lillian, Kim and Baby Vi, you can actually feel what they are going through heartbreak, love, pain and resilience There were times when my stomach was all knotted up, scared and worried and then there were times when my fingers were crossed Each moment I was completely in it, with Viola and Lillian When I realized that this book was Anissa Gray s debut, I was stunned It is a brilliant read to say the least This novel will top my favorites list for 2018 I hope it will appear on yours as well It is stupendous and it evoked emotions in me that I cannot even begin to express Books about dysfunctional families are one of my favorite genres and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to read and review it A huge thank you to both Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Anissa Gray for an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review I absolutely loved it Published on , Twitter and Instagram on 10.21.18.Release date 2.19.19 flag 162 likesLike see review View all 121 comments Susanne Strong Ashley wrote Wow I was going to get it from the library but now I may just buy it Awesome Ashley Hope you love it Jan 31, 2019 05 05AM Susanne Strong Christine wrote Well then, I have my personal limit of NG books, but what s one , right Fantastic and very helpful review Susanne We are at th Christine wrote Well then, I have my personal limit of NG books, but what s one , right Fantastic and very helpful review Susanne We are at that point Christine I am trying very hard not to click This one was SO good though totally worth your investing your time and energy Jan 31, 2019 05 06AM Nov 19, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it A terrifically rendered novel of a family in crisis When Althea and her husband Proctor are arrested, they leave two teeen twin daughters in the care of their Aunt Lillian It is while in jail, and while the rest of this family tries to figure out how to help the girls, that little known secrets come spilling out Secrets of the past, after the death of their own mother, three sisters and one brother cope with being left with a father who had a terrible temper, a minister who was often away Th A terrifically rendered novel of a family in crisis When Althea and her husband Proctor are arrested, they leave two teeen twin daughters in the care of their Aunt Lillian It is while in jail, and while the rest of this family tries to figure out how to help the girls, that little known secrets come spilling out Secrets of the past, after the death of their own mother, three sisters and one brother cope with being left with a father who had a terrible temper, a minister who was often away Their care mainly in the hands of a young Althea, until their father decided to stay, divide up the family.A story with many layers, and under the layers, many scars Individual ways of dealing with the trauma that even as adults they do not want to face Scars that manifest in different ways, until they threaten to spill over into the next generation Written in a raw, honest manner, a thoroughly believable look at a terribly flawed family, but one that comes together in love to help two young girls While doing this they face and recognize their own silent and not so silent ghosts of the past, and are forced to deal with them A book about second chances, if one can find the strength to take them, and the strength of women to cope and change And mama told me, You girls, us women, we re water Strong stuff A force of nature A source of life IndeedC from Berkeley flag 119 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Brenda Traveling Sister Great review, Diane Nov 26, 2018 06 51AM Christine Just wonderful, Diane I m in Jan 30, 2019 08 25AM Dec 30, 2018 Deanna rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 releases, arcs My reviews can also be seen at StarsWith such an awesome title and cover I was immediately interested in getting my hands on this novel The description was intriguing 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 We first meet Althea Althea is telling us what jail is like She says it s a place My reviews can also be seen at StarsWith such an awesome title and cover I was immediately interested in getting my hands on this novel The description was intriguing 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 We first meet Althea Althea is telling us what jail is like She says it s a place where you definitely do a lot of thinking She lives in a cell that is the size of her walk in closet at home Althea often compares what she s done to other inmate s crimes so she can say at least I didn t do THAT The Chaplain tells her that no good can come from comparing The Chaplain also said her crime does not have to define who she is.Who am I Althea never thought she d leave her home in New River Junction She had made promises that kept her there But she s been moving further away since that fateful day two years earlier The day the police came At first Althea and her husband, Proctor thought the men were there for lunch But they were there as cops, not customers I don t know how to say this, but look, we gotta take Y all in They didn t know that day had started with a phone call that would change everything The caller was someone no one would have ever expected especially AltheaW Althea and Proctor await their fate.Althea isn t the only one wondering who she is Other members of the family wonder the same about themselves.When Lillian moved home years earlier she would never have guessed she d end up where she is now She wishes that her sister, Viola would step in to help out with the girls Lillian is trying her best but feels she s getting it wrong Plus she s found this has brought up things from the past, things that she and some of the other members of the family would prefer to forget Will she be able to confront the past Viola lives in Chicago but has come back to help out with Kim and Baby Vi But Viola is also struggling She is trying to deal with everything going on in the family as well as her own health and well being.The Butler family has had their struggles but over the years became one of the most respected families in town But nothing prepares the family for the night Althea and Proctor are arrested And just when they think things can t get any worse They do Will the family get it together enough to help not just Althea s children but themselves too I enjoyed this story However, I did have a hard time getting into it at first It felt like there were a lot of characters and I was finding it difficult keeping everyone straight However, I am glad that I stuck with it as I really found my groove around the halfway mark.The story is told with the sister s alternating points of view and includes letters Althea and Proctor write each other while in jail We learn a lot about this family and their struggles I thought the author did a good job of bringing many issues to light The story shows what can happen when anger and jealousy take over We see the very different ways in which the characters upbringing and early experiences helped define them and stayed with them throughout their lives.Overall, I thought this was a good debut novel An interesting story about longing, hunger the many kinds , secrets, guilt, family, loyalty, and much.I m excited to see what Anissa Gray writes next.I d like to thank Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel flag 111 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Nov 25, 2018 Larry H rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley I m between 4 and 4.5 stars here.First of all, how cool is the title of this book This powerful, poignant debut novel examines how easy family ties can go from comforting to smothering, and how the scars of youth can still prove damaging long into adulthood If, as a mother, I am my father s daughter, and I hate everything about him, what am I as a sister, who was all the mother they had Althea was little than a teenager when her mother died, leaving her to be a surrogate parent for her th I m between 4 and 4.5 stars here.First of all, how cool is the title of this book This powerful, poignant debut novel examines how easy family ties can go from comforting to smothering, and how the scars of youth can still prove damaging long into adulthood If, as a mother, I am my father s daughter, and I hate everything about him, what am I as a sister, who was all the mother they had Althea was little than a teenager when her mother died, leaving her to be a surrogate parent for her three younger siblings, Viola, Joe, and baby Lillian Their father was a traveling preacher, mercurial on good days and violent on bad ones, wanted little to do with his children, but Althea wasn t really sure how to do for her siblings than simply follow their mother s example Sometimes that worked, but sometimes her siblings chafed under her discipline When Althea met Proctor, he offered protection from the responsibilities of surrogate parenthood and from her fears about her father Although they had two daughters of their own, Althea never felt like she got motherhood, often struggling with her relationships with her daughters, especially her oldest, Kim Althea and Proctor became pillars of the community, owning a restaurant and leading many fundraising events for different charities.But in an instant, everything fell apart Proctor and Althea were arrested, guilty of crimes that left their entire community feeling angry and betrayed They went from being respected to being ostracized, and that treatment extended to their girls as well Suddenly Lillian is given responsibility for raising the girls, and while she does the best job she can, she has her own problems, her own issues to deal with And when Viola arrives, trailing the debris of her own life, they try to see if two broken people can help bring normalcy to two teenage girls who have had their lives pulled out from under them The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was an emotional read, difficult at times yet full of hope It s a story of how our lives can be affected just as much by things unsaid as they are by things that are said It s also a story about how the people we need the most can also be the people who cause us pain, sometimes inadvertently And it s also a story about how important it is to have people in our corner, and sometimes those people are not whom we re expecting.Reading this book, it was often hard to believe that this was Anissa Gray s debut novel, because the storytelling was so self assured Many of the characters were so rich and complex, and Gray slowly peeled back their layers so it almost felt as if you were getting to know them in real life Strangely, however, Proctor and Althea remained a bit of an enigma to me, so even though they were at the center of the book, they never felt like fully formed characters, and I didn t understand what made them do what they did The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is definitely one of those books you ll think about long after you ve finished reading it It s the arrival of an incredible literary talent, and I look forward to following Gray s career.NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group provided me a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 107 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Nov 04, 2018 PorshaJo rated it really liked it Shelves books i own, challengereads, challengereads 2018, publisherbooks, favorites 2018 Rating 4.5 I got an email one day asking if I was interested in reading this new book I never heard of the author or the book But they teased meying it s like Tayari Jones a recent find of an author who is becoming a favorite I immediately jumped at the offer to read it When it arrived, I figured I would throw it on the pile of books to eventually get to it But I opened it and read the first few lines and I was hooked Ultimately, this story is about family and the relationships betwe Rating 4.5 I got an email one day asking if I was interested in reading this new book I never heard of the author or the book But they teased meying it s like Tayari Jones a recent find of an author who is becoming a favorite I immediately jumped at the offer to read it When it arrived, I figured I would throw it on the pile of books to eventually get to it But I opened it and read the first few lines and I was hooked Ultimately, this story is about family and the relationships between family members There was a family of small children, Althea, Joe, Violet, and Lillian Their mother dies when they are very young and their father is absent most of the time It s not the best of homelife for these kids, there is a lot of violence around them Althea, all of 12, is now to take care of her siblings She eventually leaves home and marries Protor, a local boy She takes all of the children with her and raises them But one day, the father returns and wants only Lillian Fast forward many years later, Protor and Althea have their own family, two girls, Kim and Baby Vi But due to some bad choices, end up in jail Now the tables are reversed and Lillian is chosen to take care of and raise Althea s children But the story is truly about how this has affected each and every one of them Some horrible things happened to these children when they were small, things that they carry for the rest of their lives And perhaps without even knowing, begin to do the same to others You can see what the past has done to these children, made them love, made them hate, made them afraid, made them jealous Althea seemed to be her mother s favorite And she is turn made it known Violet was her favorite After Althea had kids, that same pattern continued with her children Probably not knowing how this impacted all of the other family members and their relationships In the end, you see how each of these people is able to grow strongerprobably through the help of family What a powerful, moving story What I truly liked about this one is not a lot happened, it was character driven story The story rotated between the voices of Althea, Violet, and Lillian with letters from Proctor to Althea Through this, you get the entire story of the family and how they ended up the way they are The story slowing unfolds You see the family on a path to being better and understanding their issues This is the author, Anissa Gray s, first book I did think it was like Tayari Jone s book as they too don t have a lot going on but really get into a character driven story I can t wait to see what Ms Gray gives us next Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me an advanced copy of this book It in no way influenced my review I just so glad they reached out to me, otherwise, I would not have known about this wonderful, gem of a book And it was hardbut I passed on my copy to someone else to enjoy this amazing story Figured it s kind of a book pay it forward thing flag 105 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Sep 14, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, berkley, fiction, michigan, family, read in 2018 Wow, even though I have read a ton of books on complicated family relationships, this one was just on a different level Really impressive debut novel.When married couple Althea and Proctor are arrested, the town is outraged that the two,once widely respected, could violate their trust Althea s sisters, Viola and Lillian, are forced to come to grips with what happened and care for the couple s teenage daughters I m so utterly fascinated by this book, I am still thinking about it days later I Wow, even though I have read a ton of books on complicated family relationships, this one was just on a different level Really impressive debut novel.When married couple Althea and Proctor are arrested, the town is outraged that the two,once widely respected, could violate their trust Althea s sisters, Viola and Lillian, are forced to come to grips with what happened and care for the couple s teenage daughters I m so utterly fascinated by this book, I am still thinking about it days later I had to read it in bits and pieces not because I didn t like the story, but it is so full of hurt, resentment, pain, etc that I would need to put it down for awhile and just absorb it all before continuing To me what makes this book unique compared to other books on family dynamics is the story unfolded naturally, it didn t feel like there was a rush to have so many things happen one after another Even though the book had strong character development in a way I still felt like there was to learn about each person and some questions remained a bit unanswered And I love that because why do books always have to wrap up everything all nice and neat when life just isn t like that This is the strength of the novel, it is a realistic portrayal of a family struggling with how the past has defined who they are today Highly recommend as the author has managed to come up with something that feels fresh and new in the genre.Thank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion flag 98 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 27, 2018 Felicia rated it really liked it 3.5 Stars rounded up The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls follows a family dealing with the fallout after a sister mother and her husband are convicted and subsequently sent to prison for stealing money from a charity they created In no time at all I felt a kinship with these characters because I have dealt with similar circumstances within my own family My mother was imprisoned when I was 13 years old which provides me with a different point of view than most readers of this book 3.5 Stars rounded up The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls follows a family dealing with the fallout after a sister mother and her husband are convicted and subsequently sent to prison for stealing money from a charity they created In no time at all I felt a kinship with these characters because I have dealt with similar circumstances within my own family My mother was imprisoned when I was 13 years old which provides me with a different point of view than most readers of this book.That being said, I feel like the perspective of the girls in this story was lacking, leaving me craving inner dialogue from these young ladies Somehow the most important characters were the least fleshed out.Anissa Gray has created a lovely tapestry of a family not only dealing with their present circumstances, but with the long buried pains of their pasts that might never have been dealt with if not for this difficult situation of which they ve had forced upon them.This is not a topic that is covered enough in literary fiction, which is surprising considering the number of Americans that suffer through the incarceration of their loved ones.I applaud the author for shining a light on this seemingly dirty secret that families keep for fear of being judged by the actions of those that they love I know that s how I felt.I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway Yayyyyyy me All opinions are my own flag 100 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Oct 23, 2018 Shelby trains flying monkeys rated it it was ok Shelves everyone loved but me, from publisher, read 2018 Let s get it out there I didn t like this book What does that mean Not a thing It is getting all the stars from everyone else and will probably be a best seller and make fifty eleven million dollars AND I could totally see this happening But without Medea in it I love Medea She knows my heart The story is a family drama One of the sisters is in jail, one is losing her marriage, one has a eating disorder.e kids are messed up It s a hot mess of a life You know like everyone s real l Let s get it out there I didn t like this book What does that mean Not a thing It is getting all the stars from everyone else and will probably be a best seller and make fifty eleven million dollars AND I could totally see this happening But without Medea in it I love Medea She knows my heart The story is a family drama One of the sisters is in jail, one is losing her marriage, one has a eating disorder.e kids are messed up It s a hot mess of a life You know like everyone s real life is Wellnot that bad Medea showed up in my review since she can t be in this book movie I can see why people are loving this book I was bored I kept thinking it would get better and I d see the light I didn t connect with any characters I didn t care what happened to any of them the entire book I had to make myself finish the book I m a total wrong reader Booksource I received a copy of this book from the publisher Please don t hate me Mr Mrs PublisherI ll read the next one better. flag 90 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Christine Major Bumout, Shelbs I m going to try it too though Jan 30, 2019 08 26AM Shelby trains flying monkeys Christine wrote Major Bumout, Shelbs I m going to try it too though Yes I hope you enjoy it I really think it might just be me Jan 30, 2019 10 26PM Nov 18, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves review requests, traveling sister reads Extraordinary, powerful moving THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS by ANISSA GRAY is an absolutely fabulous, raw, heartfelt and moving novel that immediately grabbed my attention with that extremely intriguing opening line The writing style hooked me immediately, the storyline was completely absorbing, and the characters were out and out fascinating ANISSA GRAY delivers an impressive, interesting and beautifully written read here that is told in alternating perspectives betwe Extraordinary, powerful moving THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS by ANISSA GRAY is an absolutely fabulous, raw, heartfelt and moving novel that immediately grabbed my attention with that extremely intriguing opening line The writing style hooked me immediately, the storyline was completely absorbing, and the characters were out and out fascinating ANISSA GRAY delivers an impressive, interesting and beautifully written read here that is told in alternating perspectives between three sisters, Althea, Viola and Lillian with letters interspersed from Proctor to Althea The author does such a wonderful job portraying the complicated familial dynamics really allowing us to feel and see right into each of their struggles I couldn t help but feel strong emotions for each of these sisters stories and was definitely hoping that they would all find the strength and love they needed.Expected Publishing Date February 19 19 Norma s Stats Cover Eye catching, dazzling, intriguing, beautiful and an extremely meaningful representation to storyline.Title I think this is one of the most intriguing, clever and creative titles I have come across yet That title and cover definitely enticed me into needing to read this novel Writing Prose Well written, effortless, genuine, beautiful, and skillful Plot Engrossing, interesting, absorbing, heartfelt, steady paced, and entertaining.Ending I was completely satisfied in the way that this novel wrapped up.Overall This was an incredibly powerful and impressive story that kept me turning those pages rather quickly in order to find out the fate of Althea and Proctor s twin daughters I would highly recommend Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Anissa Gray for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy of this novel It was an absolute pleasure reading this extremely impressive debut novel flag 89 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Jan 30, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley This book took awhile for my brain to wrap around the story As is so often the case these days, you are just given glimpses of a plot, told from multiple perspectives Althea and her husband, Proctor, have just been convicted of embezzlement from a charity they ran and are being sentenced to prison Her two sisters and her twins are all grappling with what has happened The book takes you through how their crime causes problems for the entire family A ripple effect personified It also shows h This book took awhile for my brain to wrap around the story As is so often the case these days, you are just given glimpses of a plot, told from multiple perspectives Althea and her husband, Proctor, have just been convicted of embezzlement from a charity they ran and are being sentenced to prison Her two sisters and her twins are all grappling with what has happened The book takes you through how their crime causes problems for the entire family A ripple effect personified It also shows how the siblings childhood left scars on each of them and created the damaged adults they have become What s interesting is that there s no question that Althea and Procter are guilty That said, they are still sympathetic characters Gray fleshed out each of these characters This book is primarily character, as opposed to action, driven There s lots about guilt, forgiveness and healing The writing is wonderful Devote the time and energy to become invested in this story and you will be rewarded My thanks to netgalley and Berkeley for an advance copy of this book flag 87 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Liz Renee itsbooktalk wrote Nice review Liz Good to know it s character driven verses action, I ll hold off until I m in the mood for that Thanks Renee itsbooktalk wrote Nice review Liz Good to know it s character driven verses action, I ll hold off until I m in the mood for that Thanks Renee Glad to help 14 hours, 7 min ago Esil Great review, Liz This sounds like a good one 13 hours, 43 min ago Dec 02, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it The incarceration of a respected husband and wife leaves them in disgrace and their two daughters in the care of the wife s sisters This family is, indeed, starving but not in the literal sense Some are starving for forgiveness Others are starving for the feeling of belonging There are physical absences, instances of Intermittent Explosion Disorder and driven ambitions that lead to bulimia, overeating and other ritualistic behaviors that provide comfort to the afflicted This is an intimate The incarceration of a respected husband and wife leaves them in disgrace and their two daughters in the care of the wife s sisters This family is, indeed, starving but not in the literal sense Some are starving for forgiveness Others are starving for the feeling of belonging There are physical absences, instances of Intermittent Explosion Disorder and driven ambitions that lead to bulimia, overeating and other ritualistic behaviors that provide comfort to the afflicted This is an intimate portrayal of a family in crisis flag 72 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Dec 01, 2018 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, 2018, debut author, debut novel, michigan, eating disorders, family relationships, publisher berkley publishing group There s no mercy in a live wireNo rest at all in freedomOf the choices we are givenAin t no choice at all The proof is in the fireYou touch before it moves awayBut you must always know how long to stay And when to go Let Him Fly Alisan Porter, Songwriters Griffin, Patricia J Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone we are cut off Ezekiel 37 11A remarkably powerful, compelling debut about confronting a past that is dark and broken, a family that bears the scars of the past, and There s no mercy in a live wireNo rest at all in freedomOf the choices we are givenAin t no choice at all The proof is in the fireYou touch before it moves awayBut you must always know how long to stay And when to go Let Him Fly Alisan Porter, Songwriters Griffin, Patricia J Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone we are cut off Ezekiel 37 11A remarkably powerful, compelling debut about confronting a past that is dark and broken, a family that bears the scars of the past, and how those scars now shape and colour their days.The Butler children Lillian, Joe, Althea and Viola lost their mother when they were young Their father was a preacher and would travel in the course of his work, gone for extended periods of time Althea, at the age of 12 was the oldest, and therefore left in charge of running the house and tending her younger siblings, with some help from her friend Proctor, a boy who would eventually become her husband No one looked after Althea, with such a huge weight now on her shoulders, what time or energy could be left for her to properly grieve her loss not just of her mother, which was monumental enough, but of her loss of what had been left of her carefree years As this story begins to unfold, Althea and Proctor are married, middle aged and no longer living at home with Viola, Joe and Lillian, or even with their twin daughters, now teenagers themselves, Kim and Baby Vi Althea and Proctor are both sitting in jail on charges of committing fraud, awaiting sentencing for stealing from the members of their community in the small town where they lived in Michigan The twins are now living with Lillian and Viola, struggling with the anger they feel aimed at them because of what their parents had done Trying to find a way out of the increasing anger they feel all around them, trying to gather the strength needed for a way onward, away from this proves to be difficult and demanding, requiring endurance than they seem to have Even then they are pushed just a little bit by the messages tagged on walls, the dirty looks from their neighbors, and their changed circumstances The tension escalates, and secrets hidden for so long come to the surface.There s so much family dysfunction in this that you can t avoid seeing how one generation s issues affect the next, and yet even within that, each person takes in that chaos and dysfunction and channels it into something different from their parent, from their sibling, as is shown with Viola who knows better, but still finds herself binge eating junk food only to purge after, and Althea, who knows she can t control the voices in her head, voices that remind her of her worst faults until she feels unworthy of any love or kindness I loved this, this family who struggles through this life they find themselves suddenly thrust into, this family grabbed hold of my heart from the first pages and didn t let go I could feel each of their sorrows, and even feel the weight of the history behind those sorrows I love it when an author can pull me so completely into the pages that I can see and hear and feel it all, get lost in the words, and that is what Anissa Gray s story gave me One river for each of my girls, is what my mama said after Viola was born The Saint Joseph for me and the Portage, its tributary, for Viola Me and Viola, we re always supposed to run together And Mama told me, You girls, us women, we re water Strong stuff The angel shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life Revelations 22 1Pub Date 19 FEB 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Berkeley Publishing Group, and especially to Elisha, who always sends me the best books flag 72 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Nov 19, 2018 Brandice rated it really liked it The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a story of Family Family drama and family secrets The Butler family consisted of 2 parents and 4 children, 3 daughters Althea, Viola and Lillian, and one son, Joe Their mother dies when they are still young, and their father is often out on the road, preaching Fast forward to now The siblings are adults Althea finds herself in jail, as is her husband, Proctor Lillian has been entrusted with the care of their 2 teenage daughters, Baby V The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a story of Family Family drama and family secrets The Butler family consisted of 2 parents and 4 children, 3 daughters Althea, Viola and Lillian, and one son, Joe Their mother dies when they are still young, and their father is often out on the road, preaching Fast forward to now The siblings are adults Althea finds herself in jail, as is her husband, Proctor Lillian has been entrusted with the care of their 2 teenage daughters, Baby V and Kim Viola lives in Chicago but returns to Michigan to help out Joe is nearby but not a central character The story is told in alternative POVs between Althea, Viola and Lillian It s no secret that nobody is perfect but things aren t easy for anyone in this story There s a lot of tension, hurt, and resentment in this family I felt like the story was a little slow initially yet I was drawn in I enjoyed watching the family dynamic unfold through 3 different perspectives Lillian was my favorite of the 3 sisters Althea was a bit tougher for me to like Poor choices often result in unpleasant consequences so I didn t have a ton of sympathy in that regard For the most part though, I could understand each of the sisters POVs.This book has been described as The Mothers meets An American Marriage, two books I really enjoyed reading earlier this year Some plot elements were similar to these stories, but I didn t feel like The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was duplicative of them, or not unique enough on its own Thank you to Berkley Publishing for providing an ARC of this book flag 73 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jan 01, 2019 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it This is a unique and complex novel of a complicated family Althea is in jail waiting to be sentenced as is her husband Althea essentially became a mother at the age of twelve when her own mother died, but the surviving younger siblings have a thorny relationship with their incarcerated sister, their siblings, and themselves That s what I liked about this book The three sisters and one brother didn t have easy childhoods, and their flawed adulthoods reflects that When Althea gave birth to fr This is a unique and complex novel of a complicated family Althea is in jail waiting to be sentenced as is her husband Althea essentially became a mother at the age of twelve when her own mother died, but the surviving younger siblings have a thorny relationship with their incarcerated sister, their siblings, and themselves That s what I liked about this book The three sisters and one brother didn t have easy childhoods, and their flawed adulthoods reflects that When Althea gave birth to fraternal twins, she tried to be a good mother, but she spent most of her time building the restaurant Now that she s in jail, her youngest sister is watching over the troubled teenage girls Battling her own demons, she does her best, but everyone is struggling This isn t a fun read exactly, but it s well written, and you appreciate the way these characters try their best in difficult circumstances, making a lot of mistakes along the way.Thanks to NetGalley for the Opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES FEBRUARY 19, 2019 flag 66 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 09, 2018 karen rated it really liked it Shelves from publisher or author, my biggest fear, sshh family secrets, dear hero imprisoned i need to stop being shocked when debuts are as good as this but ohhhh, man, this is one seriously impressive debut there have been a lot of comparisons made between this book and The Mothers, which i 100% seeagree, but The Turner House is another touchpoint worth mentioning, not only because they are both debut problem novels featuring contemporary african american families whose problems are both social racial and familial, but also because of the symbolic importance of the physical h i need to stop being shocked when debuts are as good as this but ohhhh, man, this is one seriously impressive debut there have been a lot of comparisons made between this book and The Mothers, which i 100% seeagree, but The Turner House is another touchpoint worth mentioning, not only because they are both debut problem novels featuring contemporary african american families whose problems are both social racial and familial, but also because of the symbolic importance of the physical home in both the childhood home preserved, changed, revisited in adulthood, its place in memory, as silent witness keeper of secrets, etc however, this one plays a little rougher than The Turner House, and the long arc road of the butler family s fracturing and coming back together and of its individual members fracturing and coming back to themselves leans a shade into the realm of tragedy than The Turner House ever ventures the book opens in a prison, where althea and proctor small business owners, community leaders, parents of teenaged twin daughters an all around well respected couple, have been convicted of numerous white collar crimes, causing a series of small chaos ripples to shake the family tree, creating new problems and awakening others long buried the novel s first person POV is passed between althea and her two younger sisters lillian and viola you would think that althea s rags to riches to rags tale of having been a teenager raising three younger siblings after parental death and abandonment to becoming a successful restaurateur to ending up in the clink would be the big draw, but of the three characters, hers was the least interesting to me how viola and lillian cope with the sudden responsibility of althea s daughters one of whom has become worryingly unruly , with stepping up out from under althea s shadow, with family secrets old and new, with disappointments, betrayals, abuse, with the shame and scrutiny of being connected to a big scandal in a small town all of that is so much richer in meaty drama than althea s self reflective prisoner s solitude she s certainly not boring, but to me she s the least sympathetic character which has nothing to do with her crimes , whereas viola s bulimia and tenderly fragile relationship with her currently estranged wife and lillian s okay, basically everything about lillian, is so damn vivid and affecting viola s an easy sell a badass, successful lesbian who projects confidence but is also dealing or not dealing with her own destructive compulsions lillian s psychology is even complex it s an emotional web made of duty and suffering the baby of the family stepping up to be punished for the sins of a family she s whatever the word is that s halfway between martyrdom and endurance that doesn t make you want to roll your eyes it s perfection is a fantastic debut and a great addition to the Great American Family Drama category and i mean, really, that cover swoon city come to my blog flag 66 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Fran rated it it was amazing Althea and Proctor Cochran are disgraced restaurateurs and charity leaders They are guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States Althea s Kitchen and Grocery is boarded up Graffiti splashed on the outside wall contains the words Prison Food for Thought A whistle blower s phone call changed the family dynamic and life as they knew it.Althea and Proctor were living their dream when they opened Althea s Kitchen They were pillars of the community, fund raising and running a foo Althea and Proctor Cochran are disgraced restaurateurs and charity leaders They are guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States Althea s Kitchen and Grocery is boarded up Graffiti splashed on the outside wall contains the words Prison Food for Thought A whistle blower s phone call changed the family dynamic and life as they knew it.Althea and Proctor were living their dream when they opened Althea s Kitchen They were pillars of the community, fund raising and running a food pantry In a sluggish hometown economy, regular diners and summer tourists started to disappear How would their restaurant stay afloat Continuous work hours wrecked havoc on the lives of ignored fifteen year old twin daughters, Baby Vi and Kim Baby Vi found refuge in books At school, she either received the silent treatment or was taunted and teased Kim found solace in listening to music School attendance was not a priority and school suspensions were plentiful Since Althea and Proctor s arrest and incarceration, Baby Vi and Kim were living with their Aunt Lillian and Lillian s ward, ex grandma in law, Nai Nai who told Lillian you do duty for first daughter Eldest sister, Althea Difficulties abound as Kim s behavior continues on its downward spiral It s time for Aunt Viola to come from Chicago to assist Lillian with Althea s floundering teens The Butler children, Althea, Joe, Viola and Lillian had a rough start in life At age twelve, Althea was forced to raise her younger siblings due to the death of her mother Pastor Butler was a phantom father a moody window shaking poltergeist of a parent In alternating voices, the reader learns about the character strengths and weaknesses of Althea, Viola and Lillian In an attempt to care for Baby Vi and especially Kim, these strong women must confront a Pandora s Box of demons from their childhood.Debut novelist Anissa Gray has masterfully crafted and thoughtfully characterized the three dominant, but flawed Butler sisters A window into the marriage of Althea and Proctor opened through communications in jailhouse letters It is hoped that family history will not repeat and cloud the future The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was a heartfelt, emotional read I highly recommend.Thank you First to Read Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls flag 64 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Dec 06, 2018 Zoeytron rated it really liked it Crisis has a way of bringing family together, physically if not otherwise Here, you see the tight smiles and cringe at the inauthentic laughter and forced small talk Relationships that are tenuous at best are further strained Resentments harbored for years resurface, and old scars become raw again Sisters and daughters, sisters acting as mothers All hungering for love, acceptance, and respect Copy furnished by Berkley Publishing Group flag 61 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Oct 19, 2018 Marialyce rated it it was amazing 4.5 debut starsMy reviews can be seen here comes with its issues, its values, its love and oftentimes sadly its hate It is the glue that binds us together, but also the sparks which split us apart In this debut novel, due out in February 2019, Anissa Gray explores the value of family, the hurts they inflict, but also the love that beings them together to face the tragedies of the past and those that are now present.This book, The Care and Feeding 4.5 debut starsMy reviews can be seen here comes with its issues, its values, its love and oftentimes sadly its hate It is the glue that binds us together, but also the sparks which split us apart In this debut novel, due out in February 2019, Anissa Gray explores the value of family, the hurts they inflict, but also the love that beings them together to face the tragedies of the past and those that are now present.This book, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, will allow you to see, to feel, to know the world of the Butler family It makes their problems so real, so understandable that it allows one to realize that this family so mimics the one you might belong to.It is often said you can t pick your family, but you can pick your friends In the oldest daughter of the Butler family, Althea, we see strength and determination Left bereft so young by the death of her mother, an oftentimes cruel and absent father, she struggles to keep her younger siblings cohesive She has been staunch and strict, so when she and her husband, Proctor, have been arrested, tried, and sent to prison for embezzlement, the family, the community in which they were held in high esteem, particularly their daughters, are shocked.Althea and Proctor have two adolescent girls and the family, although never seeming to be cohesive before, come together to determine what to do with their nieces Viola and Lillian, the sisters, are also carrying their own burdens as themes of bulimia and being gay are brought out in their lives They are the ones being looked to to step up in the care of their nieces However, with their own issues, and a brother who had mimicked their abusive father, can they possibly meet the demands of caring for these two teenagers As the sisters and all the women in this story, confront their problems, a wonderfully intricate story develops Ms Gray is able to weave her characters personalities, their psyche so well that you, that you feel their pain, their anguish, and their striving to move forward and find resiliency within themselves I, too, had to think of what an appropriate title this was for this book All the women in this book were ravenously hungry They were hungry for the things all long for, acceptance, love, and the belief that we are valuable How we strive for those things is truly the gist of our lives.This was a multilayered novel It was one that made the reader feel as if you were peeling back the layers, going deeper into an understanding of family and what it takes to make one a family It is often not the joys that bring it together, it is its sorrows, its struggles that make one a family Kudos to Ms Gray for writing this most moving novel, for it so well showed the ability we all have within us to become united and connected to those who share our blood.Thank you to Anissa Gray, to Elisha of Berkley Publishing Group who sent an ARC of this fascinating book to me flag 54 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Nov 24, 2018 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves traveling sister read 3.5 stars Raw Emotional Insightful Heart breaking Hopeful Hard working and highly respected local restaurant owners, Althea and Proctor, stun their community when they are arrested and jailed for crimes unknown to their small town Althea s sisters, Viola and Lillian, are left to pick up the pieces for Althea and Proctor s children, Baby V and Kim, who are orphaned and left feeling lost in life.This is a deeply affecting novel that had me feeling the strong sense of sadness that haunted 3.5 stars Raw Emotional Insightful Heart breaking Hopeful Hard working and highly respected local restaurant owners, Althea and Proctor, stun their community when they are arrested and jailed for crimes unknown to their small town Althea s sisters, Viola and Lillian, are left to pick up the pieces for Althea and Proctor s children, Baby V and Kim, who are orphaned and left feeling lost in life.This is a deeply affecting novel that had me feeling the strong sense of sadness that haunted each of the character s lives The author, Anissa Gray, did a fantastic job pulling me into this complicated family s struggles and relationship dynamics I was rooting for these characters.I enjoyed the writing and characters, however, the storyline itself felt overly heavy and dark at times I couldn t shake the deep sense of sadness that overshadowed my reading journey with this family There was a sense of hope throughout, but there were many obstacles and struggles these characters had to overcome to reach that light There were also a few sections where my attention wavered and the story felt slow Overall, it was a debut novel that I enjoyed and I look forward to reading from this author This was a Traveling Sister read that lead to very interesting discussion This review will be posted on our blog closer to publication dateosisterslostinacoulee A big thank you to Elisha at Berkley for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review Expected Date of Publication February 19, 2019 flag 56 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Oct 31, 2018 leslie hamod rated it it was amazing My sincerest thanks to Penguin Random House and Author Anissa Gray for allowing me the privilege to read and review this book objectively.I began this book, immediately taking it to heart I read it over several hours and was touched emotionally and spiritually We all live our lives, with histories and secrets Life sucker punches the life out of you Not hitting once but sometimes so much that one is driven to despair, even thoughts of the sweetest release of death It hurts us, but it doesn t My sincerest thanks to Penguin Random House and Author Anissa Gray for allowing me the privilege to read and review this book objectively.I began this book, immediately taking it to heart I read it over several hours and was touched emotionally and spiritually We all live our lives, with histories and secrets Life sucker punches the life out of you Not hitting once but sometimes so much that one is driven to despair, even thoughts of the sweetest release of death It hurts us, but it doesn t destroy Life makes us tough, we learn our strength.Althea was a woman with everything A great husband, a thriving business and two daughters One day it was all taken away The respect of her community, her husband and her daughters Jail For years.As She struggles with herself, she finds her flaws overwhelming Her husband is also confined Her daughters go to an aunt.Eventually, she begins to hope, with the help of her dead mother s words.This is a highly charged emotional read, and one which provides hope and ight to us all I cannot rate this book highly enough for its flawed characters, perfect writing style and plot This will be an author to watch I consider this a MUST READ flag 54 likesLike see review View all 68 comments Nov 09, 2018 Scarlett Readz and Runz.Through Novel Time Distance rated it really liked it 4.5 well fed stars Emerging from the depths of human emotions, this debut novel brilliantly captures all the dark and light places a family experiences when tragedy hits With stunning empathy and intelligence, Anissa Gray explores in alternate voices the portrait of siblings left to pick up the pieces of their oldest sister s life, as well as confront, heal and overcome their own daemons from the past.Althea and her husband Proctor are staples in their community With a strong sense of work eth 4.5 well fed stars Emerging from the depths of human emotions, this debut novel brilliantly captures all the dark and light places a family experiences when tragedy hits With stunning empathy and intelligence, Anissa Gray explores in alternate voices the portrait of siblings left to pick up the pieces of their oldest sister s life, as well as confront, heal and overcome their own daemons from the past.Althea and her husband Proctor are staples in their community With a strong sense of work ethic, they have devoted their lives to working their restaurant and giving back to charities All consumed with work, they seemingly raise their two girls on the side Kim, their oldest daughter has had a difficult relationship with Althea throughout her life In a teenage outcry for her needs, she is the one that ultimately makes the call that alerts authorities of her parent s embezzlement schemes She s never been good to me She s always been different with me Proctor and Althea are separated in custody and sentenced with a few years in prison Their long relationship gives them a sense of hope and something to hold on to as they write each other letters and cling on each other s words of encouragement and draw from experiences of the past Each of them grieves differently about what is happening and it takes a physical toll on them both Here in my bunk, that moment presses in on my chest, a weight so heavy I can hardly breathe It s hard, all of it is With all the time I ve been spending out there in Darth Vader Space, I ve been trying to do this kind of self help thing, trying to focus on what I m grateful for Althea s sisters Viola and Lillian, along with aging Mother in Law Nai Nai who is a sweetheart come together and get Kim and her sister situated It s a challenge for all of them, as Kim is resenting her mother still and acting out At the same time, Viola and Lillian have their own emotional battles of their childhood with Althea to deal with and overcome She looks down into her mug of tea, and I m thinking about having certain limits I m thinking of how limits become limber Pliable, when pressed with the thing in you that cries out, endlessly, More, please A broken family with good bones has been shaken to the chore and the brink of existence The ultimate challenge is to come together stronger than ever before Will they be able to mend the emotional wounds of their past Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone we are cut off Lessons in owning your mistakes, forgiveness and love The bond of family can be a challenge, but also rewarding none the less With only one life to live, play, love, hate and loose, this novel captures the quint essential challenge of balancing it all Touching on subjects of abuse, eating disorders, aging, grief, loss and rebellion, it navigates the bond of sisterhood through deep and murky waters of the past, present and future An absolutely darling novel As a fan of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, this book was another bulls eye read for me Gray s beautiful strong voice intelligently captivated with the things unsaid, evoking a lingering need to find out I almost read this novel in one sitting if there wasn t life interfering with my reading time I warmly recommend this poignant novel for its beautiful matter inside and out I want to thank Berkley Publishing House for my physical ARC of The Care And Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray in exchange of an honest review All opinions are my own Review also on my blog flag 48 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 06, 2019 Margitte rated it liked it Shelves 2019 read, african american, american author, american novel, drama, family sagas, fiction, friendship, reviewed, relationships This book has soul Lots of it Atmospheric to boot Intense Passionate I can write a long review, or keep it short and hopefully meaningful The latter feels like the right choice for me.I enjoyed this experience of becoming a silent witness to a family s challenges when an angry member of the Cochran family informs the police about a wrong against a community, resulting in the two pillars of society in the family to land up incarcerated Althea Marie Cochran and Proctor Cochran husband This book has soul Lots of it Atmospheric to boot Intense Passionate I can write a long review, or keep it short and hopefully meaningful The latter feels like the right choice for me.I enjoyed this experience of becoming a silent witness to a family s challenges when an angry member of the Cochran family informs the police about a wrong against a community, resulting in the two pillars of society in the family to land up incarcerated Althea Marie Cochran and Proctor Cochran husband and wife Althea Boys and men are earth and stone, my mama used to say But you girls, us women, we re water We can wear away earth and stone, if it comes to it I believed her.The novel centers around women s issues, with men very much the villains, yet in one case, a man turned out to be the salvation of these divas Each one of them the women had someone to blame for their misfortunes in life, and with that denial of their own choices in the saga, the hurt and sorrow escalated almost to a tragic point But all s well that end s well, and I closed the book a happy reader The Butler siblings JoeAltheaViolaLilianAlthea s twin daughters Kim and Baby Vi.And of course Thelonius, the cat I liked him the most My second favorite was Proctor, the level headed husband of Althea The rotten egg stink of the mill at the river was the life s breath of the economy The smell of money, everybody used to say.In the town called New River Junction, water played a pivotal role in everybody s lives First it was the mill, now closed and forgotten which kept the town going There was also Althea and Proctor s restaurant, where the folks who managed to survived the economic turmoil, could hang out and contribute to the chest destined for those who struggled Althea was a go getter, who organized the fundraisers for community assistance, until the question, which both she and Proctor asked themselves on a daily basis, were answered one late afternoon Do you think this ll be the night It was that night when a family member forced their lives onto a new road to an unimaginable destiny Actions have consequences, nobody could foreseen And some of those consequences almost destroyed the family Friends were few and far between David remained Viola s friend throughout everything They both found a soulmate when as children they started to look for the place where their beloved family members disappeared from life David called it Olam Habah the not heaven for those who died, like his little brother, and Viola s mother Their bond would last a lifetime He remained that friend we all need when the world turns against us In jail Althea learnt of speaking stuff into existence She was forced to address her own actions and forgive those sinners who misunderstood her best intentions The rest of the siblings finally had to take responsibility for their own actions and turn their own lives around, with uplifting positive results for all A pretty predictable plot, presented in excellent prose, with autobiographical details used to fill out the canvas of this novel An enjoyable experienceIPES The title has a political undertone It s not a bad thing, if you are infatuated with Women s Liberation, identity politics and if you love to dwell on the man bashing wagon It clearly warns the reader what to expect However, the author comfortably move through the mountain of words to write a compelling, heartfelt story with good characters, and a well arranged modern American family mileu There is enough reality thrown in for good measure I liked that There s not much light sprinkled over everyone s memories The story is dark, icy cold and snowy the perfect background for this sad tale It ends with hope And good things waiting on the horizon.A truly enjoyable contemporary read after all flag 32 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 05, 2018 Sandi rated it really liked it Recommended to Sandi by BookBrowse Shelves contemporary, 300 pages or less, 1 have, closed 5000 books 2018, arc giveaway, debut book, bookbrowse, prison 4 stars Thank you to BookBrowse and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publishes February 19, 2019 Relationships terrifying And when they are relationships between a Mother and her daughter they become even confusing, highly emotional and possibly devastating Then add in relationships with siblings, runaways, lies and prison and you have this amazing debut novel from Anissa Gray Right from the first sentence, You do a lot of thinking in jail , this book g 4 stars Thank you to BookBrowse and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publishes February 19, 2019 Relationships terrifying And when they are relationships between a Mother and her daughter they become even confusing, highly emotional and possibly devastating Then add in relationships with siblings, runaways, lies and prison and you have this amazing debut novel from Anissa Gray Right from the first sentence, You do a lot of thinking in jail , this book grabbed me and took me on a great ride I enjoyed both the current and the back story of the characters, feeling that the characters were well developed and diverse enough to be entertaining The story was not your usual story of a down trodden town in a bad economic turn, but personalized by the hurt and guilt of one daughter turning against her mother This is an author that I intend to follow I find her work in fiction to be page turning and realistic flag 31 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Feb 01, 2019 Faith rated it it was amazing Shelves publisher, reviewed African American siblings Althea, Viola, Lillian and Joe were born and raised in New River Junction, Michigan They were children when their mother died and Althea shouldered most of the responsibility for their care thereafter Now they are in their 30s and 40s but each of them still carries a lot of baggage from their childhood The precipitating crisis that brings out old conflicts is the arrest and imprisonment of Althea and her husband Proctor, former pillars of the community, for committin African American siblings Althea, Viola, Lillian and Joe were born and raised in New River Junction, Michigan They were children when their mother died and Althea shouldered most of the responsibility for their care thereafter Now they are in their 30s and 40s but each of them still carries a lot of baggage from their childhood The precipitating crisis that brings out old conflicts is the arrest and imprisonment of Althea and her husband Proctor, former pillars of the community, for committing various frauds Their twin daughters Baby Vi and Kim are evidence that the hurts from their mother s past can be passed down to the next generation I felt like I knew these people and I liked them a lot, even Joe who had some very ugly behavior in his past They tended to beat themselves up for not being good enough, loving enough or loved enough, but I wished that they would cut themselves some slack because they were just being human The book has eating disorders, incarceration, a broken marriage, aging, childhood scars, a runaway and sibling rivalry With all of the various problems and insecurities in the characters lives, this book could easily have devolved into soap opera, but it never felt like that to me Some of my favorite parts of the book were the chapters that dealt with Althea and the other women prisoners It was really a lovely book I received a free copy of this book from the publisher flag 25 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Holly B Wonderful review Faith I m looking forward to this one 14 hours, 37 min ago Faith Holly wrote Wonderful review Faith I m looking forward to this one Thanks Holly 14 hours, 34 min ago Aug 24, 2018 Joshilyn Jackson rated it it was amazing A trio of sisters navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness in Gray s heartfelt, beautifully written debut This is a wholly absorbing, moving story about incarceration, the mechanics of grace, and the fierce, small wars fought on the landscape of the family and the human heart The lives of two young girls hang in the balance, stakes so high that I was up late, unable to stop turning pages Get an extra copy for your best friend or your own sister this is one you re going to want to talk about A trio of sisters navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness in Gray s heartfelt, beautifully written debut This is a wholly absorbing, moving story about incarceration, the mechanics of grace, and the fierce, small wars fought on the landscape of the family and the human heart The lives of two young girls hang in the balance, stakes so high that I was up late, unable to stop turning pages Get an extra copy for your best friend or your own sister this is one you re going to want to talk about flag 23 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 29, 2018 Jennifer Blankfein rated it really liked it Complex family dynamics and relationships that fall short are the basis for this outstanding debut Review to come on Book Nation by Jen flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 07, 2018 Theresa rated it it was ok Shelves mental illness, trauma, giveaways I hate to say this but I found this novel incredibly boring No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get into the story Usually when I have a problem losing myself with a brand new book, it s usually because the writing is not up to par Anissa Gray isn t a terrible writer, I just don t think her writing is very memorable The characters were another problem I had The three Butler sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian were far too irritating and patronizing to say the least I felt absolutely no I hate to say this but I found this novel incredibly boring No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get into the story Usually when I have a problem losing myself with a brand new book, it s usually because the writing is not up to par Anissa Gray isn t a terrible writer, I just don t think her writing is very memorable The characters were another problem I had The three Butler sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian were far too irritating and patronizing to say the least I felt absolutely no connection or empathy with any of them The sisters felt very stereotypical Althea was the bitchy, entitled one Viola was the self destructive one, and Lillian was the ultimate enabler I know this book is getting early buzz and that s great, but for me, it was a huge headache to even finish it There isn t much else to say because I felt like the ending gave no resolution Such a frustrating read The overall tone felt odd and condescending Ugh Thank you, Berkley Publishing for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review This book is scheduled to be released February 19, 2019 flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Starting the new year off right with a very powerful book.This story is told in many different voices Try not to let the persepective shif turn you off I liken this book to a Greek Chorus, where different members would recite the narrative during different parts of the story.Spoilers trigger warningsIf eating disorders and domestic violence bother you, they are in this story flag 11 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Anissa Gray was born and raised in western Michigan, where her father pastored a Pentecostal church and her mother was a homemaker She graduated from Western Michigan University and received her Masters in English from New York University After graduate school, Anissa went on to work as a print reporter at Reuters in Manhattan, covering global financial news That was followed by a move to Atlan Anissa Gray was born and raised in western Michigan, where her father pastored a Pentecostal church and her mother was a homemaker She graduated from Western Michigan University and received her Masters in English from New York University After graduate school, Anissa went on to work as a print reporter at Reuters in Manhattan, covering global financial news That was followed by a move to Atlanta and the initiation of her career in broadcast journalism at CNN, where she has held roles as writer, editor, and producer, receiving Emmy and duPont awards for contributions to the network s coverage of major stories.After than 20 years as a journalist, Anissa, a lifelong book lover and voracious reader, pursued fiction writing, applying her love of storytelling from the realm of real life, newsworthy happenings to the events and encounters that shape our lives Her first novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, will be published in 2019


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    1. She s never been good to me She s always been different with me. The Butler family Althea, Viola, Lillian and Joe had a rough childhood They ve each managed to escape but not without scars. Althea, powerful and dominating, pulled her younger siblings up and out from squalor and raised them herself She finds herself in the center of a scandal and her world is rocked to the core But it was Althea and Proctor Cochran, people we trusted, who laid waste to the faith and loya [...]


    2. 4 starsFamilies seem to rally around each other in times of crisis, even dysfunctional ones where the relationships are complicated and where resentments and hurts have burdened them for many years This is such an impressive debut and Anissa Gray doesn t pull any punches here as the Butler siblings come together to care for their teenage nieces whose lives are upended when their parents are imprisoned for embezzling charity money The past relationships of three sisters, Althea, Lillian, Viola 4 [...]


    3. 5 Extremely Emotional Stars.Have you ever been so unprepared for a book that you were completely bowled over by it You start reading and the tears immediately runneth over A part of you recognizes the angst, the fear and the regret The inability to communicate the words that should be said but aren t Yeah for me, that book was The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray There are some families where the dysfunction is so prevalent, so widespread, that it seems almost im 5 Extr [...]


    4. A terrifically rendered novel of a family in crisis When Althea and her husband Proctor are arrested, they leave two teeen twin daughters in the care of their Aunt Lillian It is while in jail, and while the rest of this family tries to figure out how to help the girls, that little known secrets come spilling out Secrets of the past, after the death of their own mother, three sisters and one brother cope with being left with a father who had a terrible temper, a minister who was often away Th A t [...]


    5. My reviews can also be seen at StarsWith such an awesome title and cover I was immediately interested in getting my hands on this novel The description was intriguing 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 We first meet Althea Althea is telling us what jail is like She says it s a place My reviews can also be seen at StarsWith such an awe [...]


    6. I m between 4 and 4.5 stars here.First of all, how cool is the title of this book This powerful, poignant debut novel examines how easy family ties can go from comforting to smothering, and how the scars of youth can still prove damaging long into adulthood If, as a mother, I am my father s daughter, and I hate everything about him, what am I as a sister, who was all the mother they had Althea was little than a teenager when her mother died, leaving her to be a surrogate parent for her th I m b [...]


    7. Rating 4.5 I got an email one day asking if I was interested in reading this new book I never heard of the author or the book But they teased meying it s like Tayari Jones a recent find of an author who is becoming a favorite I immediately jumped at the offer to read it When it arrived, I figured I would throw it on the pile of books to eventually get to it But I opened it and read the first few lines and I was hooked Ultimately, this story is about family and the relationships betwe Rating 4.5 [...]


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