Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm for a book signing with T Kira Madden! Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive debut memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight.
As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability: the only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls. With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai'i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It’s a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful.
Listen to her NPR interview with Lulu Garcia-Navarro for more information about her memoir and her work!
Kira will be joined by Kristen Arnett, the author of the upcoming novel Mostly Dead Things, a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love in Florida. This event is free and open to the public.