Delicious Foods

Delicious Foods

by James Hannaham


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Held captive by her employers—and by her own demons—on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace.

Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there.

In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene's haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene's travails, Hannaham's daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor.

The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham's treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316284936
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 612,435
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Hannaham is the author of the novel God Says No, which was honored by the American Library Association. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

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Dave Eggers

This is a book of astonishing originality and power. In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham has created a wholly new world—a hallucinatory place shot through with struggle and terrible deeds—but one never lacking light or hope. Hannaham reinvents the Southern gothic with prose at once brutal and lyrical and drop-dead gorgeous. This is a hell of a novel. —Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King and The Circle

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Delicious Foods: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
benswilliams More than 1 year ago
A brilliant book. Smart, very funny, and very dark, this is one of the best new novels I've read in a long time. Particularly enjoyable is the character Scotty (the drug crack cocaine given a voice), allowing us take delight in what is otherwise a deeply disturbing tale of modern-day slavery, drug addiction, and the myriad complexities of growing up African-American in the Deep South. A must-read for any fans of Flannery O'Connor, Chris Rock, James Baldwin, Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Pryor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A historical look at race, poverty, life, addiction, and religion under the guise of a riviting story. I was blown away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great piece of literature which gives great insight into the world of addiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect but I loved this book. This is a book you re-read because you were so astounded the first time. You have to go back and make sure you take it all in.
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