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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

A Memoir
Narrated by: T Kira Madden
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

One of the most anticipated audiobooks of 2019.

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 Hawaii 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.

©2019 T Kira Madden (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Frank and funny and powerful and surprising. An utterly gorgeous debut." (Lauren Groff) 

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A memoir full of life!

This is a story of circumstance and choices. Choices made, choices taken away, choices of regret, choices yet to be seen... of circumstance that can not be changed.

T Kira has included her deepest secrets and families tales to illustrate a beautifully written story of a girl coming of age in a land only made for story books. This story tugs on your heart as you feel for the little girl hanging to the ankle of a mannequin. This story leaves you with hope for that little girl, hope for healing and renewed spirit. A memoir truly full of life!

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A Window You Can’t Leave

I finish this book with a view of the generation my children are growing up in that can only be drawn by one who has experienced it. T is a beautiful child, woman, poet. I thank her.