The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray is out tomorrow February 19, 2019 . Mark it on your to do it list if you don’t have this one. It’s one not to be missed.
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.
First, have to say I just love the title to this story. It’s such a brilliant title and so fitting. The title alone was enough to grab my attention and have me wanting to read this one.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a beautifully written emotional, honest and engaging story that takes a look into a family hungry for love and forgiveness.
Annisa Gray does such a great job creating interesting strong women each with a strong voice and their own personal conflict from the past. She drew us into their lives right from the start and we could feel their struggles and experiences that shaped the dynamics within their family. We could feel their pain and love. I fully was emerged into their lives from the first page and they stayed with me long after reading this one.
This is definitely one that makes for a great reading group pick. So much you will want to talk about with this one. We highly recommend!
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 more from this author.
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.