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Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster.

In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi's and Chicken Frannie's have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the stateand the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow
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Expected publication: June 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Sarina Bowen
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
So much fun! Mae just killed me. And I spent the whole book pulling for her sister and the hunky cook! Add this one to your TBR for June!
Wendi Aarons
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read! The basic story: Two sisters face off in a small Kansas town via their chicken restaurants. However, there's a lot more to this book than just a by the numbers tug-of-war, like reality TV, intergenerational dynamics, romance, motherhood, economic disparity, imposter syndrome, and second chances. There are LAYERS to this, is what I'm saying. Much like the layers of flour that cover the fried chicken that features prominently in the book. The writing is fresh, funny, ...more
Jennifer
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

As a southerner and consummate couch potato there are few things I enjoy more than fried chicken, family drama and food tv, so when I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint. I was drawn in from the very first line on the very first page, a casting call for a tv show called Food Wars, which our protagonist Amanda is in the process of applying for. Through a series of drafted emails we learn about the century old family history of feuding and
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Melissa
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid, fun summer book
Jessica Lahey
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got an early galley and loved it. I will be buying a copy for my sister and for tons of my friends who have sisters!
Kim Moran
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one. I know I was supposed to love Amanda but I really adored Mae. Theres someone for any reader to love in this story. I wanted it to be longer because I knew Id miss them all. I dug out old fried chicken recipes and remembered how good it is. The Chicken Sisters became a part of my day and I wish Id stretched it out longer. ...more
Judi
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a book about fried chicken, I love that one of the main characters is a vegetarian -- not a spoiler, but a fun fact that you'll learn very quickly! The book has something for everyone. It's about dreams, life in a small town, life in a big city, escaping both, finding your way home, understanding the meaning of home and life, fighting, love, family, technology, reality tv shows, cliches, cowboy boots, bed and breakfasts, old friends, new friends, enemies, real interactions, wonderful ...more
Nancy Kho
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know when you have what looks to an outsider like a three-sentence conversation with your sibling and it is actually just the iceberg-tip of decades of resentment, love, admiration, envy, and all the other emotions that makes humanity so interesting? This book captures that so beautifully, in "what starts off as food wars, but ends up as family wars, every time." One small town, two fried-chicken restaurants, two sisters who manage to misunderstand each others' motivations in a way that ...more
Lisa Christie
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reality TV, fried chicken, sibling rivalry, family feuds, and rural Kansas combine in this deceptively simple story of what happens when social media and small town life collide. Mae, Amanda, Barbara, Nancy, and their unique neighbors are all portrayed with love and quirks. The plot revolves around who will win a reality show's designation of best fried chicken in town and the messes those cameras can uncover (literally and figuratively as extreme hoarding plays a part). What it really revolves ...more
Jennie
This book is a great romp of a read. There's a fun twisty plot, some hilarious hijinks, and everything drives to a giant OH NO moment at the end -- but here's the thing: KJ Dell'Antonia has spent her career in the world of big ideas, and you can tell, because beneath all the fun of this novel are some deep truths about family ties, the search for meaning and identity, and the ways that the stories we tell ourselves can either imprison us or set us free.

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Randi Epstein
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been desperate for a fun novel that would just absorb me. Real fun escapism. The kind of story that makes you drop everything--sneak away from work--and spend the whole day with lively, feisty characters in a world different from your own (Or at least, my own). As a New York City girl, what could be more fun than reading about dueling sisters in Kansas battling it out over fried chicken joints.
Lisa Belkin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it made me hungry for fried chicken. But it also made me feel warm and happy as if I'd actually had fried chicken, but with no regrets. It's a charming book, light but smart, absolutely perfect for a beach read. The kind you tell your sister read, so then you can talk about it...
Marybeth Bock
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and really hoping there will be a sequel! The Chicken Sisters is a perfect escape into a little Kansas town full of great characters and food I want to eat. Anyone whos ever had a love/hate moment with their sister will truly enjoy this entertaining tale! ...more
Jennybent
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book! It's a fun, lively read but also really emotionally insightful and I was captivated by the two sisters relationships with each other and the rest of their family. The mom is a fantastic character. Definitely pick this one up--it's a total page turner with depth.
Sarah
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed The Chicken Sisters! The plot twists felt original and unexpected, but totally satisfying, right up to the end. Such a fun read.
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