Title: The Appetites of Girls
Author: Pamela Moses
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publish Date: June 26, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Self-doubting Ruth is
coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control.
Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue
society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely
Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother’s dinner dates—until a
disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a
promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by
allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate—and from her
future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates,
where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to
maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find
strength and her own way in the world. "
My Two Cents:
The appetites of girls is the story of for college aged women: Ruth,
Francesca, Opal, and set Sue. I was with so many of us in college, these
girls are thrown together and a dorm Sweet where the beginnings of
lifelong friendships are born. The title of this book deals with the
fact that each of these women has dealt with both a physical appetite
having to do with actual food and a mental appetite having to do with
desire. This multi-fold theme is woven throughout the book.
This book is broken up into three parts. First, we get the brat
background story of each character. Each character has had A different
dealing with food. And it has affected the way that each character deals
with the world. Second, we the readers witness each of these characters
experience in college and how they are affected by the stories of their
past. The third section books at these women as full-fledged adults
after they have been friends for a long time. This is sort of a hard
book to explain and it definitely took a while for it to grow on me by
by the end of the book after seeing each character go through so much, I
really enjoyed this book. If you do try those book, I suggest giving it
a little while to see how it all comes together.
One of the things that really struck me in this book is the way that the
author was able to create a really unique voice for each character.
This can be really difficult for others to do when it they are counting
on the characters to show the reader the story. At first I did feel as
if I was being held at arms length but as I read on, The author has a
really nice way of slowly opening up the characters to the reader.
And a lot of ways, at this book is very quiet but powerful. I think it's
a really good book for anyone who feels like they are always dealing
with the past and someway and looking for ways to overcome it.