ARC Review: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

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ARC Review: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry releases this Tuesday, the 24th and I am sharing my 5 reasons you should read this story. Check out all the book information and be sure to head over to the goodreads giveaway going on until April 1st!

Also, don’t forget in these weird times, to support indie bookstores and you can order a signed (and or personalized) copy from Samantha’s local store Interabang Books!

Many thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for the advance copy which in no way influences my thoughts below.

ARC Review: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Tigers, Not Daughters

by Samantha Mabry
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
on March 24, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Contemporary
Pages: 288

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.   In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.  

5 Reasons to Read

  1. Strong sisterly bonds.
  2. King Lear influenced story with lyrical prose.
  3. Emotional and poignant story dealing with grief.
  4. Multiple narrators tell their story together.
  5. Atmospheric and full of magical realism.

I also want to point out there are some triggering aspects of the story and I always want people to know these things in advance to stay safe.

Tigers, Not Daughters was an unique, and haunting read. I also absolutely love the cover, it really works with the story. If you like to read an unforgettable, gut punch of a story this is a short and engaging read.

About Samantha Mabry

Samantha Mabry credits her tendency toward magical thinking to her Grandmother Garcia, who would wash money in the kitchen sink to rinse off any bad spirits. She teaches writing and Latino literature at a community college in Dallas, where she lives with her husband, a historian, and a cat named Mouse.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) was her first novel. ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD, a Western, was published in the fall of 2017 and was nominated for the National Book Award for Young Peoples' Literature. upcoming in the spring of 2020 is TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS.

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