Indies Introduce


  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T Kira Madden
    Bloomsbury, 9781635571851, March 5, 2019 (Non-Fiction)


    “T Kira Madden shatters her life story and glues it back together with phenomenal results. Her memoir circles back and skips forward, illustrating her complicated relationship with her parents, with her friends, and with herself. There are heroes and villains in this life and they’re often the person we love. Madden has found a way to express that truth in a surprising and effective way.”

    Myles Mickle, Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls, VT)


    “Coming of age is never easy, and Madden’s account of her Florida teenage years in the mid-’90s with Hanson, Tiger Beat, and Leonardo DiCaprio are equally filled with predatory pen pals, self-destructive home mole removal, and disappearing fathers. By 20, she’s an Adderall addict fashion design student in New York City, but the whole journey is really about memory and writing. What do we make of our past? How do we process its traumas? How do we account for a mother’s refusal to ever let go?”

    Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books (Greensboro, NC)


    “Is this the memoir of a pampered daughter—a horse-riding Florida prep school princess—or is this the memoir of a neglected Chinese-Hawaiian girl struggling to raise herself amidst her parents’ alcoholism, addiction, and domestic turmoil? Is this a child’s perspective on the criminal excess of The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort and those in his orbit? Is this a rape survivor’s coming of age? T Kira Madden’s memoir is all of the above, as well as a stunning meditation on identity, adolescence, family, and forgiveness. Readers are rewarded with a climax as moving as the exceptional first chapters. This debut is fierce and unforgettable.”

    Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)

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