Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by Madden, T. Kira

T. Kira Madden

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

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"The book I wish I'd had growing up." --Chanel Miller, author of Know My NameBest Books of 2019: Esquire O, The Oprah Magazine Variety Lit...

"The book I wish I'd had growing up." --Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

Best Books of 2019: Esquire O, The Oprah Magazine Variety Lit Hub Book

Riot Electric Literature Autostraddle

Finalist: NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Lambda Literary Award

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Selection

Paste Best Memoirs of the Decade

Elle Best Books of the Season

Washington Post Best Books of the Month

Indie Next Pick Indies Introduce Pick 

Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding 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.

One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year: Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Millions, Nylon, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Refinery29, and many more

A fearless debut. --New York Times


[A] gorgeous reckoning. --Washington Post


Flat out breathtaking. --Lit Hub


Gripping and gloriously written. --Elle


Utterly unforgettable. --NYLON


Unnervingly satisfying. --Oprah Magazine


Deeply compassionate. --NPR.org


Truly stunning. --Cosmopolitan

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor in chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date
March 3, 2020

Tags: Book, Non-fiction