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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

A Memoir
Narrated by: T Kira Madden
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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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) 

Editorial Review

Growing up on the dark side of privilege

T Kira Madden is a certifiable badass who grew up in the sun-scorched land of 'gator infestations and amusement parks, i.e. Florida. Her dad already had another family when she was born to her Chinese-Hawaiian mother, but he eventually left to be with them—although, it seemed, never quite fully. Her uncle, Steve Madden is famous for two things: his shoe company, and his white-collar crimes as portrayed in The Wolf of Wall Street. But now the spotlight is fully on T Kira and her shiver-inducing memoir about absent parents, irresistibly kissable women, the casual cruelty of prep school kids, and the dark side of privilege. In anyone else’s hands this story would be a tell-all, but in T Kira’s hands it’s a dream just woken up from, where everything feels urgent, sensual, and a little hazy. Her voice in my ear was soft and intimate, drawing me into her world and sending chills through me. What I’m trying to say is that I LOVED it, and it’s hands-down one of my favorite memoirs of the year so far. —Rachel S., Audible Editor

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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.

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A Human Story of Love and Family and Femaleness

A true and jarring story of girlhood, of growing up a lesbian/bi woman, of not fitting in. And the few gorgeous delicious times we do. Relatable and unique. Truly gorgeous.

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Best book i've read in a really long time!

I loved how raw and real this book was. At points in the story, I felt like it was written about me. I loved her writing style, it was very unique and captivating. HIGHLY recommend.

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This book is 90% about sexual abuse, teenage sex, drug addition by parents and drug use by teen. Almost noting about LGBTQ until 85% of the way through, when the family situation becomes interesting. Not worth the 6 1/2 hours to get there.

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LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS

I have not until seeing this title heard of this author or this book. I am soooo very grateful for her welcoming me into her life into her family and making me smile laugh and cry.I am happy that my family isn't the only perfectly imperfect family around. Her story made me remember and discuss with complete honesty my teenage years. THANK YOU

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Interesting at some parts

It was interesting at some parts ,other then that I just wasn't a fan. .

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