What We’re Reading in February!


We’re thrilled to share that our February Book Club selection is T Kira Madden’s debut memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing on March 5, but available to Rumpus Book Club members in just a few weeks!

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.

Lauren Groff, author of Florida and Fates and Furies, writes:

Harrowing and beautiful. What seems most miraculous about Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the way T Kira Madden forges out of such achingly difficult material a memoir as frank and funny and powerful and surprising as this, her utterly gorgeous debut.

And Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me, writes:

Madden’s prose will hypnotize you as it wrings every drop of beauty out of her story. If you’ve ever known the predicament of having a magical and messy family, a female body, or the mixed blessing of a big heart and a keen mind in a troubled world, then you need this book as much as I did.

Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by January 20 to join us in reading Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, culminating in an exclusive online discussion with T Kira Madden about the book!

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