Tigers, Not Daughters

Tigers, Not Daughters

by Samantha Mabry


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“Move over, Louisa May Alcott! Samantha Mabry has written her very own magical Little Women for our times.” —Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award-longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story. 

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616208967
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 249,363
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Samantha Mabry credits her tendency toward magical thinking to her Grandmother Garcia, who would wash money in the kitchen sink to rinse off any bad spirits. She teaches writing and Latino literature at a community college in Dallas, where she lives with her husband, a historian, and a cat named Mouse. She is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World. Visit her online at samanthamabry.com or on Twitter: @samanthamabry.

Customer Reviews

Tigers, Not Daughters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nursebookie 2 days ago
Samantha Mabry has quickly become one of my favorite authors as I loved this haunting atmospheric tale about sisterly love, and their struggles to protect each other as they discover themselves, that is weaved into this paranormal magical story. The Torres sisters Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa try to escape unsuccessfully from their miserable life in San Antonio, and from their despotic father. One evening, Ana the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. The year following Ana’s death, we see how the sisters mourn her death - each with their own way of handling the loss. All the while, mysterious ghostly and haunting events begin to consume their lives. Mabry wrote in vivid and poetic prose, giving these sisters their own voice through their unique personalities. The characterization was well thought out and their stories so captivating. The writing was gracefully executed through this dark and messy turbulence in the lives of these sisters after a violent death. I was so drawn to this distinctive style of writing by Mabry and read this book slowly not wanting it to end.
biancabuysbooks 2 days ago
This was my first read by Samantha Mabry and I enjoyed it! I wasn't sure what to expect going in but it was a beautiful story about sisterhood. Jessica had such a fiery spirit. I loved her feistiness and passion, she was one of my favorites. Rosa was a bit quirky but protected her sisters with a fearlessness that couldn't be matched. I found it hard to relate to Iridian, but I did feel for her character. I would have liked a little more backstory on the sisters' relationship before Ana's death and even some insight into their mother's relationship as well. Overall, I thought it was a great story, an entertaining read!
Anonymous 3 days ago
Thank you so much to Algonquin and Algonquin Young Readers for sending me an advanced copy of this book to review! This book came out last week and I gave it 4 Stars. This book is about the Torres sisters. They feel trapped in their house with their widowed and despondent father and all four of them dream of escape. That's exactly what oldest sister, Ana, was trying to do when she fell out of her window one night to her death. She left behind her 3 younger sisters, grieving in their own ways, longing to run away themselves. But a year after her death, strange things start happening around their home. Shadows in corners, words written on the walls, laughter in the air. Is Ana trying to come back to tell them something? And if so, what? This book wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I still really really enjoyed it. I was kind of wanting more of a ghost story, and while that element was there, it took longer to show up in the book than I was anticipating. At the heart of this book, its about the strength of sisterhood and about the inner strength of young girls fed up with the men in their lives treating them like crap. Books with a similar vibe: Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore TW: grief, loss of a loved one, abusive relationship, verbal abuse from a parent.
SachaRM 5 days ago
Three stars When I started this novel, I kept thinking of _The Virgin Suicides_. The often mysterious relationships between siblings (sisters, in particular), the looming death, and the myth building around them - especially as developed by the neighborhood kids as narrators - really pulled me in to this one at the start, too. Unfortunately, I had a hard time staying interested after the first few chapters. For me, this work felt extremely disjointed, and I kept sensing a distance from the characters. I'm not sure if the intention here is to build a structural distance and create a kind of haze in conjunction with the characters' various stages of and experiences with grief, but that's very much what I experienced in reading this work. While I really enjoyed this style, I had a hard time getting or staying invested in what happened to the characters as a result. I would have loved to see more from the perspective of the neighborhood kids looking in on the sisters. The parts of the novel where this happens explicitly really work for me, but where we move away from mythologizing the sisters (again, a la _The Virgin Suicides_), I just started to disconnect. This is a great concept and a book I think is worth reading, but I did not have the same intensely moving and positive reaction that I've seen many other reviewers express. I loved _All the Wind in the World_ and look forward to reading more works by this author in the future.
DG_Reads 7 days ago
I received a complimentary advanced listener copy of TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS by Samantha Mabry for an honest review. Thank you to Libro FM, Recorded Books and Algonquin Young Readers for the chance to read and review! TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS begins with a tragedy for the Torres family. The four Torres sisters are being raised by their father after their mother died in child birth with the youngest sister. Their father is needy and controlling and the sisters want out. Unfortunately the oldest sister Ana’s literal escape from the house results in her death when she falls from her bedroom window. Now, a year later, her sisters Jessica, Iridian and Rosa are still trying to cope with their grief and that of their father. This novel was beautifully written and it was a captivating story. I have to say that I wasn’t reading it at the best of times, listening in the car during my very short commute in the past couple weeks with so few cars on the road, so my listening experience was a bit less concentrated than the story deserved. That said, even as I was jumping in and out of the story day by day, I was able to catch up with what was going on to continue the narrative. This book blends the very realistic grief of the Torres family, both with the loss of Ana and the lingering loss of the girls’ mother, with a bit of magical realism. The girls are beginning to experience strange things and begin to suspect that Ana is still around, trying to convey a message. I have to say that I did not see all of the twists coming in this one, and the story managed to shock me a few times! I am very glad that I had the chance to listen to this novel and would recommend it. TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS is out today!
Anonymous 7 days ago
The Torres girls want nothing more than to get away from their sad, mooching dad and to get away from Southtown. After failing an attempt to escape once and the loss of their eldest sister Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa are drowning in grief. A year after Ana’s death weird things start happening in the girls house and the girls don’t know what to do. Despite requesting this book in part because of it’s beautiful cover, I really enjoyed reading this book. The author did a wonderful job of splitting up the sister’s points-of-view like chapters, but bringing it all together at the same time. I also really enjoyed the little backstory breaks between some of the sister’s chapters where we got to learn a little more about Ana and a few other things. I really liked each of the sisters, and I think that’s because I feel like I can relate to all of them in different ways. Iridian likes to read and write, but also keeps to herself and is a little insecure. Jessica is the one taking care of her sisters and her dad, but she’s also trying to hold on to and honor Ana by trying to be just like her. Rosa was probably my most favorite out of all of the Torres sisters. She’s laidback and has an open mind about most things and she was always there when her sisters needed her. This was a great story about sisters drifting after losing a loved one and finding their way back together. I was not expecting all that I got from this book and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it and be a part of the blog tour. Thank you, NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for this opportunity in exchange for an honest review.
KarenfromDothan 7 days ago
After their mother died, shortly after birthing Rosa, life in the Torres household changed. It got so bad that all four girls tried to run away. When the eldest sister, Ana, dies from a fall just two months later, things go from bad to worse. Their sorry excuse for a father really falls apart after the loss of his favorite daughter. Then weird things start to happen; Ana is haunting her family. A tale of the power of sisterhood. The story mostly alternates between the points of view of each of the sisters. Each sister is a unique individual and each has their own special talent. The characters are so well drawn. You really feel their pain as they navigate through their grief and adolescence. I really felt bad for Irdian when she was so savagely bullied by her peers. It’s no wonder she reacted the way she did. To top it all off, Ana scares the bejesus out of her. The reader is taken along for the ride as the three surviving sisters try to figure out why Ana’s ghost is haunting them. It’s an unusual coming-of-age story, one I very much enjoyed.
thebookwormscorner 7 days ago
We Start off with all four Torres sisters trying to escape their hellhole home...away from their awful father. The Torres sisters consist of Anna, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa. With no direction taking them anywhere, the Torres sisters decide to escape in the middle of the night and thanks to their nosey neighbors they were caught. A couple of months later Ana falls to her death from her window. The family falls completely apart. Everyone stricken with grief...dealing with Ana's death in their own destructive ways. Jessica is the only one whose really providing for the family, while at the same time dealing with her own grief issues and a abusive boyfriend. Iridian loves to write and just be alone with her thoughts, and Rosa is focusing on the more spiritual side of things...including a loose Hyena in town who she thinks could be Ana reincarnated. But, there's something no-one was counting on..strange supernatural things have been happening in the Torres home since Ana's death. Mysterious writings on the wall, mysterious shadows, and mysterious laughter. The Torres sisters think that it's Ana trying to communicate with them. Even possibly try to run them out of the home they've known so they can finally be free of their fathers tyrannical behavior. Tigers, not daughters was so beautifully written. Amazing prose. Mary makes you feel the words with every sentence written. The book makes you really realize how much grief changes a person. To what extents they go through to fight the demons. I've been seeing 'Tigers, Not Daughters' to 'Little Women'. I've never read 'Little Women' but, I will definitely put it on my TBR list. Thank You to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for providing me with a physical copy of an ARC in a exchange for a honest review. Tigers, Not Daughters comes out March 24, 2020.
Anonymous 7 days ago
There is something so special about Samantha Mabry’s Tigers, Not Daughters. I’ve been a huge fan of Mabry’s prose since her debut, A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Her books are spare yet immersive, and this one deftly explores grief and sisterhood through flawed, complicated characters that feel entirely teenage. Highly recommend this must read novel!
tpolen 7 days ago
This book deals with some heavy subject matter - a family grieving in various ways after the tragic loss of their sister. For me, the bonds between the sisters are one of the highlights of the story. Sure, they have their squabbles, but will also defend each other until the end. Each has their own distinct personality and way of dealing with grief - some in not the most healthy ways - and I appreciated the different POVs of each sister. My favorite parts of the story are when Ana's ghost tries to communicate with her sisters - I always love the addition of anything supernatural - and it's the primary reason I requested this book. Without giving away spoilers, one situation involving Ana left me hanging at the end, and I would have liked to know the outcome. Some parts, while interesting, felt a little disjointed and didn't really come together for me. This is a well-written, quick read (I read it on a two hour flight), but a dark, heavy tale of grief and loss with a supernatural twist. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LU 7 days ago
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. TW: animal death, suicide, death, abuse (physical and psychological), depression The Torres sisters, Ana, Jessica, Iridian and Rosa dream to escape from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of families that know everything about them and their family situation, away from their needy and oppressive father. The book starts during an attempted escape, that failed. A year later, the older sister Ana, is dead and the family is weighed down by grief, guilt, regrets and secrets. Each sister is trying to deal in their own way with Ana's loss and their broken dreams, when unusual things start to happen in the house. Walls with messages in Ana's handwriting, mysterious hands, laughters and sounds. Is Ana? What is she trying to say? Why is she haunting them? THE TITLE Tigers, not daughters is a phrase from Shakespeare’s King Lear and, according to the author, "in the play, it’s used as an insult, hurled by Albany at Lear’s selfish and disobedient daughters.", so she decided to use this phrase in a positive way, like a praise of the strength of the Torres sisters. The reader is able to get to know each sister and how each deals with her grief,wishes, dreams and regrets. THE CHARACTERS Jessica works at the local pharmacy and, like Ana, dreams to get away once her sisters and needy father are taken care of, Jessica, who wants to be like Ana, almost losing her identity in her, wanting her sister's room, clothes, makeup, abusive boyfriend, coping with her loss by trying to becoming her. Jessica, who is full of rage and grief. Iridian is the one who lose herself in her own world, made of writing romance, reading, who doesn't go anywhere without her favourite book, notebook and pen and who is so struck down with grief she can't get out of the house, battling everyday with her fear and depression, Rose is the youngest, wisest and strangest sister, animal-lover, wandering during the night person, whose heart is purer that others (according to many), who's special, different, fierce and loyal and who's convinced the escaped hyena has something to do with her sister Ana, maybe it is her reincarnation. The protagonist are Latinix and, through the author's writing, the reader can almost taste the air, the oppressive neighborhood, their being stuck and feel the claustrophobic feeling they experience being trapped in their broken home, oppressive and repetitive enviroment, with their irresponsible, full of debts, hurtful and unable to take care of them father. Motherless, fatherless, they lean on one other, protecting, supporting and loving each other with a fierceness that reminds the reader of, exactly, tigers. The story is told by multiple POVs, from Jessica's, Iridian's and Rosa's in third person and from a collective voice from the boys in the house across the Torres'. It's through the boy's persespective the reader and the Torres sisters can get more knowledge of Ana and what happened to her. Told in a nonlinear way, with flashbacks and memories, by the multiple POVs, it unfurls (not considering the flashbacks and the first chapter) from June 9th to 17th, ending with a jump in July 7th. Starting with the failed escape, the story begins one exact year after Ana's death and the reader is able to see how the Torres routine is shocked and turned upside down by a series of paranormal events in the house and, for Rosa, by the escaped hyena.