Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Chicken Sisters” by KJ Dell ‘Antonia, Putnam, 2020
KJ Dell’Antonia, the author of “The Chicken Sisters” has written a thought-provoking, intriguing and entertaining novel. The genres for this story are Women’s Domestic Life Fiction, Family Life Fiction and Fiction. There is also a touch of satire. The timeline for this story is set in the present but goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The story takes place around a family feud which has gone on for over a century between the Moores and the Pogociellos, and their fried chicken establishments. When the daughter of one family marries the son of the other, things get more intense. The author describes her colorful characters as complicated, and complex. If you bring in the modern component of reality TV and media and “Food Wars” you have the ingredients for a blown up disaster.
Amanda and Mae are two sisters as opposite as can be in every way. When Amanda sends a letter to the Reality show, Food Wars, she has no idea what is going to happen. Mae, on the other hand, has experience with media, and has an idea what can happen, unless it is to close to home. Mae returns home, after a disappointment to help her mother while the sisters are feuding on “Food Wars” Is there any chance that the sisters can work together instead of against each other?
I appreciate that the author discusses the issues of hoarding and mental illness. Also m enticed is the importance of family, sisters, friends, forgiveness, second chances, love and hope.
I recommend this thought-provoking book for other readers.