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The Appetites of Girls

Written by: Pamela Moses
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins

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Publisher's Summary

For the audience that made Commencement a New York Times best seller comes a novel about women making their way in the world.

Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother's dinner dates - until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate - and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.

©2014 Pamela Moses (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Perfect beach book... worth your vacation time... This gorgeously written story maps the links between love and food as it follows four college roommates who grow into womanhood together." (Redbook)

"Four college suitemates, each with her own frustrated desires, reunite at a baby shower. After 11 years, will any of them have found real happiness? Moses' debut novel thoughtfully evokes the interior lives of these women, distinguishing each with her unique heartbreaks.... A beautifully written... tale of women finding courage." (Kirkus Reviews)

The Appetite of Girls is smart and tender and true. The characters have stayed with me ever since I turned the final page. Ruth, Francesca, Opal, and Setsu: I know these women because I’m one of them. We all are. We’re brave. We’re afraid. We’re loving. We’re destructive. We’re finding our way in a difficult world.” (Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters)

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  • 31-01-15

Friends, Daughters, Mothers, and Food

Thought provoking, frustrating, and disturbing at times. As a daughter, I came away from this book really appreciating the balance my own mother provided me. As a mother of a young girl, I'm challenged to review my relationship with her and how food is presented and discussed. Narration was really good, but I didn't walk away from this book relating to any characters. I guess that's a good thing for me.