Title: Tigers, Not Daughters
Author: Samantha Mabry
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: March 24, 2020
Page Count: 289
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award-long listed 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.
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.
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry is the first book of a new young adult series that felt mostly contemporary while following the lives of a group of sister but also has a touch of fantasy involved. The story changes the point of view between the characters as it goes on to tell of their lives after a tragedy.
A year before there where actually four Torres sisters in the family living with a not so kind father when Ana, the oldest of the daughters, tried to climb out of her window and fell to her death. This left behind the three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa who after a year since Ana’s passing are still grieving her death daily as they each go about coping in their own ways.
For me Tigers, Not Daughters just did not flow very well and often seemed too scattered for me to really enjoy. Quite honestly in my opinion the characters just weren’t very likable or engaging to me. Then there is also just so much going on in the book that for lack of a better term is just “wrong” and then sort of blown over and not addressed or felt as if shrugged off. With this being marked as a first I probably wouldn’t continue myself although I do seem to be in a minority on this one so anyone interested may want to try it out and form their own opinion.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
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. She is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World. Visit her online at samanthamabry.com or on Twitter: @samanthamabry.