The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia
In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state–and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire. . .
The last thing Brooklyn-based organizational guru Mae Moore, Amanda’s sister, wants is to go home to Kansas. But when her career implodes, helping the fading Mimi’s look good on Food Wars becomes Mae’s best chance to reclaim the limelight–even if doing so pits her against Amanda and Frannie’s. Yet when family secrets become public knowledge, the sisters must choose: Will they fight with each other, or for their heritage?
December 1st, 2020
Contemporary Fiction/Family Life Fiction
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So much has changed this year, but something we can always count on is the connection of reading and loving the same book, no matter if we are together in person or not. 💞
I first learned about this book way back last year, when author Jessica Lahey came to our library book club to share about her own book…and was just as excited to share about her friend’s upcoming novel…The Chicken Sisters!
Two restaurants, two siblings who couldn’t be more different, and then a TV restaurant competition is thrown into the mix – will there be family rivalry or reconciliation? This reads like the perfect vacation book, with plenty of humor alongside this family’s turbulent history.
Dell’Antonia does an amazing job of depicting realistic family conflict, the gray areas of life, and all the emotions that make us human. This is a totally enjoyable reading ride that ultimately makes you realize how so much life is made up of your own perspective of things.
If you are looking for an enjoyable fiction read this holiday season, The Chicken Sisters is like nothing I have ever read and is the perfect reading choice for this December.
Thank you to GP Putnam’s Sons for a gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
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