Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

“Frank and funny and powerful and surprising. An utterly gorgeous debut.”-Lauren Groff

Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight.

As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls.

With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai'i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It's a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful.





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    Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls Reviews

  • Adam Dalva

    Update: Longer thoughts here: https://www.guernicamag.com/in-search...I came to this extraordinary memoir of linked essays through "The Feels of Love," a gobsmackingly good essay that the author wrote...

  • Thomas

    With such raw and emotive prose, reading this book felt like watching a series of bright, vivid movie scenes play one after another. T Kira Madden details her childhood in Boca Raton, Florida, a place...

  • Valerity (Val)

    Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A MemoirThis 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...

  • Brittany | thebookishfiiasco

    ‘Focus, he says. Move it. Put the hurt somewhere else.’.memoirs have always been my favorite. there is something that feels so healing and honest to me about taking that leap and putting it all ou...

  • Jessica Sullivan

    This memoir in essays is so incredibly powerful and heartbreaking. I’m in awe of Madden’s raw talent—this beautiful tribute to her complicated family and herself.The first half of the book buzze...

  • Cassie (book__gal)

    This memoir is everything I search for in writing. Hopeful in spite of loss, redeeming without letting cruelty off the hook, and searching for truth. How do we love people when they continually disapp...

  • Lindsay Hunter

    I wish I could give 10 stars. I cried as it ended. A gorgeous and raw book. ...

  • Jaclyn Crupi

    A memoir in essays, a memoir in moments, a memoir of courage, a memoir of fearlessness. Writers of colour are redefining the genre and this sits perfectly next to Heavy by Kiese Laymon. I let Madden...

  • Meakin Armstrong

    This book is affecting — it’ll make you cry and laugh—but it’ll also teach you a thing or two. Men need to read this, most of all....

  • Nicky

    A raw, unflinching and honest memoir. This is so far removed from my childhood it is hard to imagine but T Kira Madden is such a natural storyteller, you are right there in the time and place....