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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

T Kira Madden

"Devastating and funny . . . A eulogy and a love song." --New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Publish Date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 336
ISBN-13: 9781635571851
ISBN-10: 1635571855
Language: English

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"The book I wish I'd had growing up." --Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

Best Books of 2019: Esquire O, The Oprah Magazine Variety Lit Hub Book Riot Electric Literature Autostraddle
Finalist: NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Lambda Literary Award
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Selection

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Elle Best Books of the Season
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Indie Next Pick Indies Introduce Pick
A fearless debut. --New York Times
[A] gorgeous reckoning. --Washington Post
Flat out breathtaking. --Lit Hub
Gripping and gloriously written. --Elle
Utterly unforgettable. --NYLON
Unnervingly satisfying. --Oprah Magazine
Deeply compassionate. --NPR.org
Truly stunning. --Cosmopolitan Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls. With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai'i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It's a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful. One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year: Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Millions, Nylon, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Refinery29, and many more

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