The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Like this novel’s beautiful cover art, sorrow has many faces. The Butler sisters lost their mother too early and never recovered. The eldest sister, Althea, tried her best to take care for her siblings, but she didn’t know how. She tried to take care for her daughters, but she didn’t know how. Mistakes were made. Viola, the brilliant middle daughter, longs for relief from inner turmoil, but won’t accept help. Lillian, the youngest daughter, was too terrified to speak her truth until Althea’s mistakes land her in jail and left Lillian to care for her nieces. Although the Butler siblings’ father and mother were not part of the action of the story, they both loom large in their adult daughters’ psyches and play an important part in their healing.
This novel was incredibly dark at times as we watch the three sisters battle their demons alone. I found myself willing the characters to just talk to each other so they could support each other. In less skillful hands this character driven novel would have been difficult to read, but Anissa Gray made me care for the Butler sisters so much, I couldn’t look away. The prose is lovely and Gray doesn’t pull many punches. It has been several weeks since I finished this book and I am still thinking about the characters.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a review copy of the novel.
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