Tigers, Not Daughters

Tigers, Not Daughters

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In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award-longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves a magical, romantic, own-voices novel about three sisters shadowed by guilt and grief over the loss of their oldest sister, who still haunts their house.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020.
ISBN: 9781643750545
1643750542
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Taking its title from Shakespeare’s King Lear, this lyrical story of the Mexican-American Torres sisters tackles grief and revenge. After oldest sister Ana dies, she haunts the family’s home until her siblings finally confront their neglectful father and Ana’s abusive boyfriend.


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SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

Mabry does an excellent job at hooking you into keep reading, though you know the next sister’s experience will be just as raw and devastating as the last with only a few hopeful reprieves. Although their story is very sad, tragic even, citing the author’s own reference to King Lear, the love and bond of the Torres sisters pulls them through. Although this is a ghost story, I wouldn’t recommend it just on that plot piece alone. The story is heart breaking but lovely at the same time. Mabry’s excellence with description and weaving the perspectives of the three sisters, plus an unnamed (but easily deduced) forth character, makes the story riveting. This is a hard story to handle, considering the realities of an abusive father, abusive boyfriend, and a mostly unsupportive community. There is quite a bit of language and references to sexual encounters but these encounters are not graphic, though the violence set on the Torres sisters is detailed.

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SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

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SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

Tigers, Not Daughters focuses on the lives of Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, the three younger sisters of Ana, who died tragically almost a year ago to the day. None of the three sisters, nor their father, have handled the loss of Ana well. Even before Ana fell from the tree outside her bedroom window, the four Torres sisters had wanted to leave their small town just outside of San Antonio. All three surviving sisters have their own grief and regret with regards to Ana, each unfolding with the story. Each needs something of Ana that it another sister, or even an ex-boyfriend, may seem to have. As they attempt to survive their grief, each sister is visited by Ana as she tries to make her message clear.

As far as ghost stories go, this one is a slow motion train wreck that shows that humans can be far scarier than ghosts. Each moment of the week leading up to the year anniversary of Ana’s death is riddled with horrific incidents that are grotesque compared to the mild haunting that Ana is playing upon the house. Each sister struggles with their own demons that have only materialized and grown since Ana left them.

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