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Stunning literary fiction about race, class, family, secrets, injustice, more in Anissa Gray’s gorgeously rendered debut, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS, now in paperback

By Leslie Lindsay

Everybody’s hungry in THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS…daughters who yearn for mothers, sisters who need sisters…




One of the most anticipated reads of 2019

Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo!

The poignant and emotionally affecting debut novel by CNN journalist Anissa Gray, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS (Berkley Trade Paperback, January 2020) is such an exquisite read about class, family, love, and more. Embraced by booksellers and librarians and endorsed by authors like Terry McMillan and Delia Owens, the novel is a powerful exploration of what it means to be middle class in today’s America—and what it feels like to be an outsider in your family and community.

“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 

Gray grew up a pastor’s daughter in a small western Michigan town and drew from her experiences to create the intimately familiar world of the Butler family. Told from the alternating perspectives of sisters Althea,Viola, and Lillian, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS illustrates the unique perspectives of siblings who grow up in the same home yet experience the same events differently. When oldest sister Althea and her husband—once well-respected members of the community—are incarcerated, the life of each family member is changed forever. With their sister awaiting trial, Viola and Lillian are forced to deal with painful memories as they come together to care for Althea’s teenage daughters.


Artistic image of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this @leslielindsay1

For more information, to connect with Anissa Gray via social media, or to purchase a copy of THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS, please visit: 

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Want more like this? Try: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Taryi Jones; Jennifer Weiner’s MRS. EVERYTHING; THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett; RED AT THE BONE (Jacqueline Woodson) and Kiley Reid’s SUCH A FUN AGE. 

anissa.gray_01-3-e1537819480907ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Anissa Gray was born and raised in western Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University and received her Masters in English from New York University. After graduate school, Anissa went on to work as a print reporter at Reuters in Manhattan, covering global financial news. That was followed by a move to Atlanta and the initiation of her career in broadcast journalism at CNN, where she has held roles as writer, editor, and producer, receiving Emmy and duPont awards for contributions to the network’s coverage of major stories.

After more than 20 years as a journalist, Anissa, a lifelong book lover and voracious reader, pursued fiction writing, applying her love of storytelling from the realm of real-life, newsworthy happenings to the events and encounters that shape our lives. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is her first novel.

You can connect with me, Leslie Lindsay, via these websites: 

I hope you do!

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Leslie Lindsay is the award-winning author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012). Her work has been published in Pithead ChapelCommon Ground ReviewCleaver Magazine (craft and CNF), The Awakenings Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ruminate’s The WakingBrave Voices Literary MagazineManifest-Station, and others. Her cover art will be featured on Up the Staircase Quarterly in May 2020, and the 2nd edition of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA will be available this spring. Leslie has been awarded one of the top 1% reviewers on GoodReads and recognized by Jane Friedman as one of the most influential book reviewers. Since 2013, Leslie has interviewed over 700 bestselling and debut authors on her author interview series. Follow her bookstagram posts @leslielindsay1.

~Updated Edition of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA coming Spring 2020~


#fiction #literaryfiction #families #secrets #incarceration #sisters 


[Cover and author image retrieved from author’s website. Author photo cred: Bonnie J. Heath. Artistic image of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this @leslielindsay1]

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