The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls: A Novel

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls: A Novel

by Anissa Gray

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ISBN-13: 9781432861520
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 03/27/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Sales rank: 1,276,673
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia award-winning journalist at CNN Worldwide, responsible for helping to guide coverage of some of the most consequential stories of our time. She began her career at Reuters as a reporter, based in New York, covering business news and international finance. Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray studied English and American literature at New York University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife.

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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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LHill2110 4 months ago
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray Writing: 3.5/5 Plot: 4/5 Characters: 5/5 This book has all the makings of an Oprah book club selection — it’s a well-written, family oriented drama, full of people with serious personal issues but who are striving to deal with them (and succeeding). The triple narrative switches between the first-person viewpoints of the three Butler sisters: Althea (48), convicted of government fraud and in prison; Viola (40), recently separated from her partner and subject to long-term eating disorders; and Lillian (36), in the old family homestead struggling to take care of Althea’s teenaged twin daughters and her 88-year old ex-mother-in-law (who is one of my favorite characters). Insightful character studies that elicit empathy in the reader without being overly dramatic (though gut-wrenching in places) — I was surprised that the author actually got me to understand and empathize with Althea, who after all had stolen charity money from people who could ill afford it. The characters bring to life the impact and genesis of several issues: IED — Intermittent Explosive Disorder, eating disorders, the stigma of jailed parents in a small community, and childhood abuse. Sometimes painful to read, but generally uplifting in the way the characters draw together for healing and never give up on themselves or each other.
LHill2110 4 months ago
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray Writing: 3.5/5 Plot: 4/5 Characters: 5/5 This book has all the makings of an Oprah book club selection — it’s a well-written, family oriented drama, full of people with serious personal issues but who are striving to deal with them (and succeeding). The triple narrative switches between the first-person viewpoints of the three Butler sisters: Althea (48), convicted of government fraud and in prison; Viola (40), recently separated from her partner and subject to long-term eating disorders; and Lillian (36), in the old family homestead struggling to take care of Althea’s teenaged twin daughters and her 88-year old ex-mother-in-law (who is one of my favorite characters). Insightful character studies that elicit empathy in the reader without being overly dramatic (though gut-wrenching in places) — I was surprised that the author actually got me to understand and empathize with Althea, who after all had stolen charity money from people who could ill afford it. The characters bring to life the impact and genesis of several issues: IED — Intermittent Explosive Disorder, eating disorders, the stigma of jailed parents in a small community, and childhood abuse. Sometimes painful to read, but generally uplifting in the way the characters draw together for healing and never give up on themselves or each other.
Caroldaz 4 months ago
This is an amazing story, a moving family drama. Proctor and Althea are arrested which astounds everyone. They seemed to be the least likely to have committed a felony, fraud. The story covers their relationship, within and without the prison system. It also portrays the struggles of their family. This is beautifully done!
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Butler Family of "The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls" are not simply dysfunctional, they are dysfunctional to a fault. Althea, Joe, Lillian and Viola lost their mother at a young age. Their father, an itinerant minister, leaves Althea to raise the others, until he doesn't. Years later, Althea and her husband are in legal trouble and jailed, so it falls to Lillian, Viola, and Joe to look after her twin teenage girls. The course of the story is only a few months, with flashbacks describing their childhoods and other earlier events. Chapters alternate in their narration between the adult females, as their individual and family personalities develop and are revealed to the reader. Beautifully written and plotted, I highly recommend this novel for fans of literary fiction and family dramas.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 5 months ago
Reading The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was an insight into how a dysfunctional childhood affected the Butler family over the course of their lives. This book starts off towards the end of the trial for Althea, the oldest Butler girl, and it weaves a tale between the memories and circumstances of the Butler women. There is much to unpack in this story and as the layers are peeled back I was able to see the heart of these women. That is what made The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls a page turner! I wanted to know these women, to understand them, I wanted them to find what it was that they needed for happiness and contentment. The story is told in the present as well as through recollections of the past. There are multiple narratives from the Butler sisters. Althea’s follows her time in jail, Lillian’s deals with her time with Althea’s children as they are in her care, and Viola’s deals with her life as it is falling apart. Proctor, Althea’s husband, also has a voice in this story but his point of view is told through letters to his wife. As each woman is trying to figure out how to deal with present day circumstances, Althea and Proctor’s situation being the center focus, they are also considering their past and how it could have factored into the catastrophe that they are all facing. All the Butler women in this story were nicely fleshed out. They had depth and I felt that their personal struggles were real and realistically detailed. Part of this plot also deals with the daughters of Althea, Kim and Baby Vi, and how their parent’s situation affected them as well. I wish more care had been given to make me, as the reader, really hurt for them, to feel their pain and, for one of the girls, guilt and anger. Everything I know of the girls was because I was told but little was shown except through how the sisters felt about situations. I didn’t feel that much for the girls. They felt very one-dimensional to me and my “care” for them was because of empathy but not because I was invested in them as characters. I had wanted more motivation behind what put Althea and her husband Proctor into jail. I was hoping for a twist of some kind or that the true motivation had been unselfish in nature and that Althea was acting the way she was towards her children and family because she was being strong for altruistic reasons. Instead, her motivation was quite common but it was interesting how issues from her childhood that were not dealt with played a part in her downfall as an adult. There is a lesson in that alone. Overall, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was a touching story that is memorable and a wonderful debut novel. I will be looking for more from this Author in the future! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Brenda Kerwin 5 months ago
Secrets and shame lie at the heart of this story. A mother dies young, the father can't cope and the oldest sibling becomes the parent to the rest. The father, a traveling minister, is never home and doesn't know what's happening while he's gone. What's happening is things fall apart Children don't know how to parent children. It may take awhile, but it all comes out in the end. A touching, well told story that will have you reading until late at night. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. #TheCareAndFeedingOfRavenouslyHungryGirls #NetGalley
KarenfromDothan 5 months ago
This absorbing story opens with Althea Cochran née Butler incarcerated in the county jail. One of her twin daughters, Kim, tipped off the police, and now both Althea and her husband Proctor are behind bars. It’s left to the Butler siblings to deal with the fallout from their crimes, and they’ve got issues of their own. I loved this story of the Butler family. They’ve endured so much throughout their lives, but are survivors, and have come out stronger in the end. It’s a beautifully written work, excellently done. It made me think of all the families who have members who are incarcerated and what their lives must be like.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 5 months ago
I just don’t know what to say about this book. I couldn’t stop reading, I couldn’t put it down, but when I finished I sat back and thought hmm…what do I think? I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, I just don’t know. I struggled with keeping some of the characters straight. I figured out the Butler kids right away but the spouses and secondary characters kept getting confused in my brain. I had to go back a couple of times to see who was telling the story and then it all came together. None of the characters were easy to like and each had their own nightmares to struggle with. It was good to see that they kept in touch and when the going got tough they came together to help each other out. The storyline was one problem after another. There was an arrest, abuse, runaways, eating disorders, a marriage dissolving, and so many other problems that is seemed to all just keep piling on. Maybe that is the problem for me, it was such a dark story and I kept looking for the light that never seemed to come. The story was sad from the very beginning and it never got happy.
Katie__B 5 months ago
Wow, even though I have read a ton of books on complicated family relationships, this one was just on a different level. Really impressive debut novel. When married couple Althea and Proctor are arrested, the town is outraged that the two,once widely respected, could violate their trust. Althea's sisters, Viola and Lillian, are forced to come to grips with what happened and care for the couple's teenage daughters. I'm so utterly fascinated by this book, I am still thinking about it days later. I had to read it in bits and pieces not because I didn't like the story, but it is so full of hurt, resentment, pain, etc., that I would need to put it down for awhile and just absorb it all before continuing. To me what makes this book unique compared to other books on family dynamics is the story unfolded naturally, it didn't feel like there was a rush to have so many things happen one after another. Even though the book had strong character development in a way I still felt like there was more to learn about each person and some questions remained a bit unanswered. And I love that because why do books always have to wrap up everything all nice and neat when life just isn't like that. This is the strength of the novel, it is a realistic portrayal of a family struggling with how the past has defined who they are today. Highly recommend as the author has managed to come up with something that feels fresh and new in the genre. Thank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.