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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

This was a quite gritty, but real memoir, written about a young girl growing up in Florida with a mother who was involved with someone else’s husband at first. They eventually got together and married, but it was not an auspicious beginning. The girl seems to grow up under a bit of a cloud, with a mannequin for a housemate and eventually dealing with both parents having sobriety issues. She has two step-brothers but they don’t really become close, mostly visiting at odd school breaks and maybe Christmas break. There’s plenty of money for a good school, but she doesn’t seem to fit in well since she spends so much time alone talking to her store mannequin. She’s not real good at making friends and gets teased a lot. Being bi-racial and beginning to become aware that she likes girls more than guys isn’t helping her popularity either. The book jumps around some, but I found it pretty readable. Perhaps because I grew up in a chaotic household myself where there was alcohol and things got out of control many times. When that’s your normal you can relate. It doesn’t seem strange when the mother keeps wanting to go check to see if the father is at the bar on their way home from school, stopping at the grocery store in the same plaza.

The book follows as they get older and situations happen that get more intense. I won’t give away any more. It’s worth reading, rather different in some ways. I didn’t find it all that humorous, as touted; perhaps sharing the pain of a similar way of growing up with secrets, I feel more the painful side of things, the times that were embarrassing and painful and such. For memoir readers. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author T. Kira Madden, and the publisher for my fair review.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Reading Progress

October 12, 2018 – Shelved
October 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 19, 2018 – Shelved as: biography-memoir
December 19, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley
December 19, 2018 – Shelved as: americana
December 19, 2018 – Shelved as: alcohol-substance-abuse
December 21, 2018 – Shelved as: 2019
December 21, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 6, 2019 – Started Reading
January 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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