The Appetites of Girls

The Appetites of Girls

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For the audience that made Commencement a New York Times bestseller comes a novel about women making their way in the world. Four young women are thrown together as roommates freshman year in college: Ruth, Francesca, Opal, and Setsu. Each is striving to overcome struggles from childhood and find her true self. Tormented by self-doubt, Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control her. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue family; to provoke them, and to protect herself, she consumes everything in sight. Opal longs to be included in her glamorous, adventure-seeking mother's dinner dates--until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous older brother by allowing him to take away the choicest morsels from her plate--and from her future. As their stories and appetites collide, these women make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood--but each must first find strength and her way in the world. READERS GUIDE INSIDEshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425275396
  • 9780425275399

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-This gorgeously written story maps the links between love and food.- --Redbook -A beautifully written...tale of women finding courage.- --Kirkus Reviews -Emotionally charged...clear-eyed prose.- --Publishers Weekly -A vivid, multilayered portrayal of friendship.- --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence -Smart and tender and true.---Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters -An important book for our times--and for our friends, daughters, and ourselves.- --Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Best of Us -A terrific novel.- --Martha Moody, bestselling author of Best Friendsshow more

About Pamela Moses

Pamela Moses received a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown and an M.A. in English from Georgetown. She lives outside New York City with her husband and their two children. The Appetites of Girls is her first more

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