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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir | T Kira Madden
Frank and funny and powerful and surprising. An utterly gorgeous debut.-Lauren Groff 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.
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Megabooks
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All. The. Feels. This book was primal for me. Her story touched a raw nerve in my body. Her experiences are specific and universal at the same time. I can see how it was her kuleana (obligation in Hawaiian) to write this story of her, her mother, her father, of being queer, of being Chinese/Hawaiian/Jewish, but also the story of her being a human girl in an imperfect body and all that comes with it. 5⭐️

#booked2020 #millennialauthor

4thhouseontheleft Great review. I really want to read this. 1w
Cinfhen Amazing review!!!!! 1w
Cinfhen How crazy was the missing sister ?!??? I nearly passed out 1w
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Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you!! 😘😘 the younger brother is when I started crying. I wonder where he is??? 1w
Emilymdxn I need to read this so badly! 1w
Megabooks @Emilymdxn I think you‘d really enjoy it!! 1w
Cinfhen I forgot about the brother 😢I‘m tempted to listen to audio as I read an ARC in 2018!!! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen the audiobook is fantastic!! She‘s a great narrator!! 1w
Christine This was so good!! ❤️ 1w
Megabooks @Christine yes it was!! 1w
britt_brooke This is such a great memoir! (edited) 1w
Megabooks @britt_brooke it really really is!! 1w
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Megabooks
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Do you ever just suddenly have to read something? Like put aside everything else for some unknown reason? Well, my plan is to finish this book overnight tonight. I‘ve been switching between ebook and audio, just inhaling it like febreeze unstobbables in a communal dryer.

Cinfhen LOVED this book SO HARD !!!!!! 1w
Cinfhen Tag me when you get to the end!!!!!!! 1w
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MicheleinPhilly
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Have you ever read a memoir that contained stories that could have been lifted from your own history and it subsequently made you uncomfortable? 🙋🏻‍♀️ That was me with this book. I was not a child of privilege and my parents weren‘t addicts and I am not of mixed race but at times I felt like Madden was telling my story. Her writing is dreamy and lyrical and whimsical and an absolute delight. 4⭐️ Thanks again, Cindy! 😘

Suet624 I love when an author‘s writing can make you feel that the two of you are so connected. 5d
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ReadingMidwife
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Breathtaking — T Kira Madden‘s sparkling sentences, and the way she spins beauty from her life.

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kyraleseberg
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Brutally honest memoir, beautifully written.

britt_brooke Loved her writing! 2mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love memoir in essay form. It lends itself to flexibility and creativity. Yes, T Kira Madden is from the famous shoe family, though it is referenced only as it applies to her father‘s absences. Her upbringing was privileged, but challenging in so many formative ways. I think most of us can identify with at least one instance, but likely more. Her writing is exquisite. This is a solid memoir; great on audio.

Megabooks Sold! This is on my TBR, and it‘s moving up! 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Can‘t wait to see what you think! 2mo
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Tonton

#queerlitsy link to a wonderful list of outstanding 2019 queer lit: https://bookmarks.reviews/15-of-the-best-queer-debuts-of-2019/

MicheleinPhilly Lots of new to me titles. Thanks for posting! 2mo
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FireproofBunny

It‘s not that I never thought about it. Girls. Women. It‘s that I thought about it too much.

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FireproofBunny

There are so many ways to lose a person. Of all things, this is what I know best.

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FireproofBunny

No one can hurt you the way a mother can. No one can love you the way a mother can.

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I was at 65% when my digital library loan of this expired. The writing is really strong here, but for some reason this isn‘t what I was expecting it to be based on everything I‘ve been hearing about it, and I‘m finding it super depressing. It‘s not renewable, so I think I‘m going to leave it for now instead of putting myself back on the waitlist.

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AlizaApp
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Memoir about growing up queer and biracial and with famous (and notorious) family members. Honest about the brutalities of middle school and eating disorders and the unexpected ways to make a family.

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Christine
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Finished my first #24in48 book, and it was a GREAT one. Despite her relative youth, Madden has a complicated personal and family history and has been through a LOT of stuff. She writes about all of it brilliantly. I am very much hoping for a Part 2, because it‘s clear she has much more story to tell.

cathipink I loved this book so much. Can't wait for her next work. 6mo
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Christine
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Up past my bedtime, but this book makes it easy to stay awake! So good so far. ✨ #24in48

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Cinfhen
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1. Tagged memoir - excellent!!!
2.Puffy, but I‘m partial to Hippeas 😋
3. Sunset ( I‘m not a morning person)
4. I‘d book a 5 star family cruise🚢
5. 6th grade ( my first major crush)

#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

Susanita I‘ll come along on the cruise! 6mo
Cinfhen Great @Susanita we can share books 😊 6mo
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Allietaylor16
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Afternoon reading with Hank! I‘m so excited to finally start this one!

JoScho Hank is adorable 🖤 7mo
Djspens Lol Hank looks guilty of something.... 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I am GUTTED! Oh my goodness I love this book so much. It took a couple of chapters for me to really start appreciating this crazy unique memoir. Words that come to mind (that I don't typically use but read in reviews): searing, brutally honest, lyrical, gritty, emotionally draining. T Kira Madden is wonderfully talented. Highly recommended 🌟

cathipink I adored this book. So many great stories. Can't wait to read more of her work. 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacking 7mo
JennyM This is on my list. Now it might be bumped to the top. Great review 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Another cute work lunch with a fabulous book ♥️ #readandeat

ephemeralwaltz Yummy!🍑🍒🍏 7mo
JennyM Yummy lunch, and I have this on my pile. Enjoy 😊 7mo
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ablachly
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Lyrical and gutting.

Chelsea.Poole Agreed! Reading this now! 7mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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What a cover, right? Well, the book is even better. The tone is reflective and haunting, and I felt on edge while tearing through this collection of essays about T Kira Madden‘s childhood, her parents, her friendships, and her relationship with herself. There‘s a lot of brutal moments, and I wanted to reach through the pages and hold her in my arms. There‘s also a lot of strength and truth, and real tender moments of love. Highly recommend!

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Chelsea.Poole
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I identify with the title so much. Picking this one up tonight for that reason alone. The gorgeous cover doesn't hurt either. Why haven't I seen this around more? 🤔

cathipink Agree! I know I read about this book from a magazine/book rec list, but I haven't seen many reviews 😢 it was so good- one of my favorite memoirs this year. 8mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
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I implore you all to read this gem by @tkmadden

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deadrabbitsbooks
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Finally getting to spend some time with @tkmadden ‘s #longlivethetribeoffatherlessgirls! Been looking forward to this one ❤️
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#bookstagrammer #writer #bookstagram #books #amwriting #amreading #booksmatter #writingcommunity

Cinfhen Gripping and compelling...I couldn‘t put it down. And excellent writing 💕 8mo
deadrabbitsbooks @Cinfhen I read to page 200 in one sitting until it was 1am and I HAD to sleep so that I could teach today 8mo
Cinfhen Now you need to sneak reads during the day 😜 8mo
BookAlongBlog LOVED this one!! 8mo
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cathipink
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I've been reading a bit (for me- this is my 35th book in 2019) but updating only on Goodreads. This book, though - it was great, and looks like not too many people have found it. A memoir of interwoven stories, with T Kira's dad looming over much of the book. Both gritty and ethereal, I would highly recommend this one to lovers of the genre.

And please add me on GR if you'd like - I can be found as Cathi Kern or Cathipink 🙂

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BookAlongBlog
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5/5🌟 Madden's childhood consisted of darkness, trauma, addiction, neglect and a little girl growing up in the thick of it. She would turn to her female friends for love, seek approval in unhealthy ways and use drugs and alcohol to cope. It felt at times like reading a journal or diary with how open and honest she is. It ranges from her childood womanhood. Definitely check this one out, especially if you like memoirs.
#bookreview #bookblogger

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Lauren.Archer
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Absolutely brilliant essay collection. Growing up in a affluent area, you are not immune to anything. This is collection of thoughts about growing up, dealing with addiction and coming out.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up! I have wonderful things about this one.

readordierachel This one sounds so good. Enjoy! 9mo
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Cinfhen
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#AnglophileApril There‘s a lot of #taintedlove in this searing memoir. Written in short essays @tkmadden brutally shares her unconventional childhood which was both a fairytale and a horror show. Both the writing and storytelling is a gut punch. I was wowed and heartbroken but ultimately restored. Image from Google. I highly recommend this book!!!!

emilyhaldi Damn this sounds dark, but I‘m intrigued!!! 10mo
Kalalalatja I so need to get my hands on this! 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s really good @emilyhaldi @Kalalalatja I read a review copy but it is worthy of a purchase!! 10mo
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TrishB I must have stacked when you‘ve reviewed, but then avoided! 10mo
Mdargusch This sounds very powerful! Stacking. 👍🏼 10mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve seen this one and been curious! 10mo
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suzisteffen
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I will be recovering from that last 20 pages for quite some time. This is a book that feels like it‘s meandering a bit, and I found it slow going in parts. That mostly turns out to be quite relevant. I don‘t think the point of a memoir is only the conclusion of the book, but ... it did work out that way here. The author reveals traumas (including sexual and physical abuse of various people) and heartbreaks throughout. 🏳️‍🌈 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

suzisteffen 📸 Boca Raton Tribune 10mo
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suzisteffen
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Just starting this one. Snagged it for my Kobo app after listening to a good Reading Women interview with the author. April‘s #memoir entry on my nonfiction spreadsheet (it‘s funny BUT IT IS ALSO REAL). Will paste the URL for that interview in the comments.

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RebeccaH
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I finished this one last night — so good! It felt as much like an essay collection as a memoir, which was fine. It‘s about Madden‘s childhood and early adulthood in Florida, and about her family — a fascinating bunch. The writing is heart wrenching and wonderful.

suzisteffen No spoilers but HOLY HELLS, the last 20 pages. 10mo
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Tonton

Link to a great explanation of the book cover design process by the designer! https://lithub.com/how-t-kira-maddens-long-live-the-tribe-of-fatherless-girls-go...

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RebeccaH
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I started reading some new books today!

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tamaria
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Delicious pub day #bookmail!

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Cinfhen
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Happy Publication Day to @tkmadden and @Bloomsbury_Publishing 🙌🏻💓🎉 If you want a fresh, fierce, heartfelt memoir pick up this book today! T Kira Madden ripped my heart out and reminded me what it means to love a parent so deeply. This book is dark, harrowing and full of tremendous sadness. Told with lyrical prose and unflinching grit T Kira shows what a modern day warrior looks like.

TrishB I was interested in this one - but only version is hardback at over (d0 so it‘s a no until a bargain appears! 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s very good @TrishB hopefully there will be a deal soon 🥰 11mo
Megabooks This sounds great, and it‘s a beautiful cover! 11mo
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Cinfhen Her writing is precise and her story is chaotic. I couldn‘t put the book down @Megabooks but there are TW‘s 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I just try those with TWs when I‘m feeling strong. I couldn‘t read The Trauma Cleaner until 2 days ago. Thank you for the warning though!!!! 💜 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you are able to recognize when a book is a “good” for you @Megabooks 😘😘 the books will always be there ready & waiting 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m always up for a good memoir. 11mo
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tkmadden
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I‘m back, Litsy fam!

Cinfhen Welcome back and congrats on your memoir!!! It was heart achingly brilliant 💖💖💖💖💖 11mo
Cinfhen Look who‘s back @LauraBeth ❣️❣️❣️ 11mo
tkmadden thank you so much for reading, @Cinfhen !! 🥰 11mo
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EKonrad
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I love a good, gritty memoir, so this book (one I chose primarily for the incredible title) definitely delivered. Madden (related to the Madden shoe co.) lived a strange childhood. I think she has a wonderful way with words - her writing is graphic, intense, and insanely honest. I did have a hard time with how much the book jumped around though. I would have given this book five stars if the narrative was more chronological. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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Cinfhen
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THIS! WOW! Chilling. I‘m always amazed to discover what others bravely endure and are willing to share. T Kira Madden is right up there as a fearless warrior for her Tribe of Fatherless Girls🙌🏻💟 It‘s a heart-aching ride, inducing so many feels and emotions. Don‘t read if you are feeling vulnerable as this memoir can easily wreck you. A story full of contradictions but always a mother‘s love at the center & a child deserving more. #NetGalley

MayJasper Thanks for the guidance 1y
Kalalalatja So excited for this!!! 1y
LauraBeth I‘m looking forward to reading this! I miss her posting on Litsy. 1y
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Cinfhen Yeah @LauraBeth she hasn‘t posted in a REALLY long time...guess she‘s pretty busy 😉☺️and wow, can she ever write. Truly a remarkable memoir @Kalalalatja @MayJasper but be prepared...there‘s some really terrible stuff under that glittery cover 💔 1y
KarenUK Don‘t read many memoirs, but with both yours and Laura Groff‘s recommendations, how can I not! Stacked! (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Available in March and I‘m thinking it might be a future #BOTM @KarenUK 1y
britt_brooke Nice review! 14mo
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Cinfhen
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That‘s twice so far today my new read has referenced Jon Benet Ramsey ( whom I posted about earlier today) #BookKarma

TrishB Ohhh! Spooky! 1y
Reviewsbylola So freaky when that happens!! 1y
merelybookish She's haunting you!! 👻 1y
Cinfhen It‘s weird because I‘ve never seen Jon Benet referenced in any other book I‘ve ever read @TrishB @Reviewsbylola @merelybookish it‘s a little eerie😳 1y
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Cinfhen
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Wow!!! This memoir is wrecking me. Thank you #NetGalley @Bloomsbury_Publishing I promise once you pick up this book, you won‘t be able to put it down. I foresee takeout for dinner tonight 🥡🥢#GoAwayImReading

Cinfhen @Blaire do we have the same kindle cover??? 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds really excellent 👍🏻❤️ 1y
LauraBeth Well if you and Lauren Groff like it...📚 1y
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TrishB This does sound interesting 👍🏻 1y
Soubhiville Stacked! Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds really good! 1y
Blaire @Cinfhen it is very very similar if not the exact same one! Great reading minds think alike. 💐 🌸 🌺 1y
Kalalalatja Pretty flowers! And I got this on my #40in2019tbr 👏 1y
Cinfhen Thanks ladies!!! This is another book I predict will be buzz worthy in 2019 @Cathythoughts @LauraBeth @TrishB @Soubhiville @Blaire @Kalalalatja 1y
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Liberty
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SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. I cannot wait to read this!!! @tkmadden is a powerful, courageous writer - you should mark this on your TBR immediately. 💙

Cinfhen Sold 1y
Cityofamber I usually don‘t read memoirs but I think I need this. 😂😍 1y
Reviewsbylola Is the cover actually glittery?! 😍 1y
Nute It got me at the title! 1y
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