“But how do you tell somebody what it’s like to have reality rolling in on you in waves, knocking you to your knees…”
Althea is the oldest Butler sibling. She’s been through a lot, having to raise her siblings when her mother passed. But now, the Butlers are all grown up, and Althea and her husband are in prison. We read this story through varying viewpoints of the sisters.
This was a book I had on my list since before it was released. I am so glad that I finally got to read it because the story and characters draw you in from the start. The struggles they all face are real and powerful. The writing is so powerful that sometimes I desperately wanted the sisters to speak up, especially when people were going after baby Vi and Kim. I wanted so badly for the townspeople to see the girls aren’t responsible for the actions of their parents.
“… but guilt speaks louder than common sense.”
The girls are all a bit broken from their past and from what they’re going through now. It was emotional and hits you right in the feels. If it weren’t for bedtime, I would have read this in one sitting. Nicely done.
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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is available on Amazon for $4.99.
About the Book:
The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.
Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.
As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.