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T KIRA MADDEN discusses her memoir LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS with ALLIE ROWBOTTOM

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (Bloomsbury Publishing)

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.

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.

Photo by Jac Martinez

Allie Rowbottom is the author of Jell-O Girls, published in July of 2018 by Little, Brown. An American Bookseller’s Association indie next and indies introduce pick, Jell-O Girls was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection and was named a best book of summer by People Magazine, Real Simple, GOOP, Oprah and POPSUGAR. Allie’s essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from CalArts. She lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635571851
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019