The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

I’m not sure if you recall, but in a previous post of mine, I talked about being able to go back to my hometown of St. Joseph, MI to attend a book siging with the author of this book. I was totally fan-girling and I couldn’t wait to read this book! Anissa Gray, the author, was born and raised in St. Joseph and now she is currently a Senior Editor for CNN! This is her first book and I’m really looking forward to seeing what she writes next. She was so kind and listening to her read the first couple pages of her own book really set the tone for the rest of my reading experience. Thank you Anissa for taking the time to chat with me and sign my book!

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is the story about a large family, the eldest daughter of which suddenly gets arrested with her husband. As we see her past and speculate about her fate, we also get to look into her sisters, daughters, husbands, and even brothers persepective. All the while, we try to dig into the reason she got arrested.

Overall, I thought this book was extremely well written and really took readers into new territorry. I found myself feeling sympathetic for this couple who broke the law, and hoping for the best for some of the women she meets in jail. The themes of family and its complications are well woven, without over explaining. The strained connections between the sisters and the main characters two daughters is not a new concept, however it is brilliantly weighted by the arrest. This is one of those books that takes you on a deep dive into another family and shows you a rarely told perspective, one that is from a mother in jail. Definitely a must read!

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