📖: T Kira Madden’s Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (2019)
🍸: POG juice
Why this book?
This past weekend, I took a Kundiman writing workshop led by T Kira Madden, which was super exciting because 1) I loved her book and 2) I’m starting to (finally!) put pen to paper to start writing some personal/family essays, and want to be more serious about working on craft.
T Kira Mahealani Madden’s memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls covers her experiences growing up in Florida as a queer, biracial girl — the daughter of a Chinese Hawaiian mother and Jewish father — while reckoning with her family’s secrets, parents’ addictions, and father’s death. Each essay in this beautiful collection is extremely vulnerable and honest, and I’m in awe of the courage it took to create this work. While T Kira Madden writes about losing family, she also finds family she never knew she had. I recently connected with an estranged half-sibling, so reading this book gave me all the feels.
Why this drink?
I’m pairing this memoir with POG juice, which originated in Hawaii and consists of a mixture of passionfruit, orange, and guava juices. (Shoutout to my favorite local poke shop Manoa for introducing me to this delicious drink 🙌🏼)
If you’re in the Boston area, order from Manoa(!!), but if you’re not, you can try making it at home.
2 oz passionfruit juice
1 oz orange juice (freshly squeezed)
2 oz guava juice
optional: splash of rum
- Combine all ingredients together in a shaker with ice and shake well.
- Strain over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a citrus slice.
Another round, please! 🥂
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Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House (2019)
Finished the book? What did you think about it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!