Long live the tribe of fatherless girls A memoir

T Kira Madden

Book - 2019

"The acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut is a memoir about coming of age as a queer, biracial teenager within the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking social and racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight. As a child in Florida, T Kira Madden lived a life of extravagance--from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophie...s and designer shoes, she had plenty to envy. But beneath the surface, life in "the rat's mouth" of Boca Raton was dangerous. Left to her own devices as both parents battled drug addiction, Kira navigated the perils of coming of age too quickly, and without guidance--oblivious parents and misguided babysitters at home, tormentors at school, sexual predators at the mall, and the confused, often destructive, desperately loving friendship of fatherless girls. With unflinching honesty and moving, lyrical prose, and spanning from 1960's Hawai'i to the nip and tuck rooms of 1990s Florida to the present-day struggle of a young woman in a culture of harassment, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the story of families both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful" --

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Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing Inc 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
xviii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781635571851
1635571855
Main Author
T Kira Madden (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In her debut memoir, Madden seems to fold and unfold the maps of her life thus far, bending time to pin points together in wise and unexpected ways. She divides her book into three sections, which are broken into episodic chapters. Part 1 catalogs her childhood observations of her parents' relationship and impatient yearnings to understand adulthood's mysteries. The second section focuses on Madden's world-expanding teenage years as she attempts to protect her parents through their addictions and difficulties, all while seeking her own identity, taking her own risks, and weathering the frightening vulnerabilities of young womanhood. Madden devotes her book's final section to deepening familial discoveries that are too continuously surprising, and too exquisitely told, to risk sharing here. Although the loss of her father and the theme of fatherlessness permeate Madden's telling, it's as much in tribute to her mother, a Hawaiian native, and to her own evolving understanding of femininity as a lesbian, a writer, and her parents' child. A tale of an artist's journey that showcases the coexistence of familial love and complication with such shattering grace, understatement, and openness, Madden's wholly original first book joins unforgettable memoirs like Alison Bechdel's Fun Home (2006), Melissa Febos' Abandon Me (2017), and Kiese Laymon's Heavy (2018). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut is a memoir about coming of age as a queer, biracial teenager within the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking social and racialdisparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight. As a child in Florida, T Kira Madden lived a life of extravagance--from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoes, she had plenty to envy. But beneath the surface, life in "the rat's mouth" of Boca Raton was dangerous. Left to her own devices as both parents battled drug addiction, Kira navigated the perils of coming of age too quickly, and without guidance--oblivious parents and misguided babysitters at home, tormentors at school, sexual predators at the mall, and the confused, often destructive, desperately loving friendship of fatherless girls. With unflinching honesty and moving, lyrical prose, and spanning from 1960's Hawai'i to the nip and tuck rooms of 1990s Florida to the present-day struggle of a young woman in a culture of harassment, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the story of families both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful" --

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The essayist recounts her coming of age in Boca Raton, Florida, where she was left to her own devices by oblivious parents who were battling addiction.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An acclaimed literary essayist presents this raw and redemptive debut memoir about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager in Boca Raton, Florida, where she, the only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, found loving friendships with fatherless girls.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Frank and funny and powerful and surprising. An utterly gorgeous debut.”—Lauren Groff

Review by Publisher Summary 5

“The book I wish I’d had growing up.” —Chanel Miller, author of Know My NameBest 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 AwardNew York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice SelectionPaste Best Memoirs of the DecadeElle Best Books of the SeasonWashington Post Best Books of the MonthIndie 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." —CosmopolitanAcclaimed 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