The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls: Anissa Gray and Joshilyn Jackson and GCFTB

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Bio photos of Anissa Gray and Joshilyn Jackson with Book Jacket photo of Care and Feeding in the middle

Join Charis Books and More and the Georgia Center for the Book in celebrating the debut of local journalist and novelist Anissa Gray in conversation with Decatur favorite Joshilyn Jackson at the Decatur Library Auditorium. 

Joshilyn Jackson will interview Anissa Gray about her novel The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls which is being described as The Mothers meets An American Marriage-- a dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.

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.

New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of eight novels and a novella: The Almost SistersThe Opposite of EveryoneSomeone Else’s Love Storygods in AlabamaBetween, GeorgiaThe Girl Who Stopped SwimmingBackseat SaintsA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the novella My Own Miraculous. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, three times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

This event is free and open to the public. Both Ms. Gray and Ms. Jackson will sign books after the reading.

Event address: 
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781984802439
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Published: Berkley - February 19th, 2019

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”—The Washington Post 


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