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The Appetites of Girls

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For the audience that made Commencement a New York Times bestseller 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. 

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

May 26, 2014 – Moses's debut is perfectly timed for summer it's a beach read following the lives of four coeds who begin rooming together at Brown University in 1993. The author delves into the friends' backstories through multiple point-of-view switches, mining their emotionally charged relationships with family, men, and food with clear-eyed prose. Moses focuses on college and the years after graduation, but a baby shower reunion in 2003 bookends the story. Ruth is overweight, insecure, and sheltered by her Jewish family. She struggles as much with food as she does her mother's expectations and boundary issues. In Opal's opaque and unfortunately undeveloped story, her mother's wanderlust and immaturity have disastrous consequences for her 11-year-old, whose subsequent fear of sexuality results in a growing asceticism. Francesca uses food to deal with her anger over her parents' neglect and their obsession with keeping up appearances, eventually channeling it into a magazine career and a no-strings relationship policy. And Setsu, an adopted Japanese girl, becomes a musical prodigy, but her adopted older brother, also a prodigy, has larger appetites and slowly consumes her confidence and her parents' attention, leaving her susceptible to a controlling boyfriend. Moses employs a familiar literary structure, following four women's friendship in college and beyond, which helps turn her story into comfort reading.
The Appetites of Girls
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 26, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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