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Delicious Foods: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: James Hannaham (Tekijä)

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"Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace. Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there. In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene's haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene's travails, Hannaham's daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor. The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham's treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive" --… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:JReynolds1959
Teoksen nimi:Delicious Foods: A Novel
Kirjailijat:James Hannaham (Tekijä)
Info:Back Bay Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
Kokoelmat:2020 books read, Read, Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 28) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
After Eddie's father is killed, his mother sinks into depression and self-destruction. She's gone a lot, but always returns home eventually...until one day she doesn't. Talking with some locals Eddie learns she was picked up by a van known to hire addicts off the street to work as farm laborers. Although Delicious Foods seems on paper to be a legitimate company, the contract its desperate employees sign commits them to a life of virtual slavery. Determined to locate his mother regardless, Eddie hops aboard the van.

This was so unlike anything else I've read recently. It was a true page-turner — both gripping and horrifying. And it doesn't take a huge stretch of the imagination to envision shady businesses functioning similarly today, even in our own country. ( )
  ryner | Oct 20, 2020 |
Really interesting narrative structure (an understatement when crack is a narrator!) that tells the story of a family torn up by institutional racism. I was surprised by how funny this book could be, too, especially the voice of Scotty. I thought it was a bit slow in the middle -- there were a few too many similar chapters about life at Delicious in my opinion -- but overall it was an engaging, upsetting read. Recommended! ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
This novel grabbed me by the very first sentence, and what a sentence that was....! I was hooked right away, and couldn’t wait to get back to the novel.

The subject matter may be incredibly difficult for some readers, because of their own background, upbringing, or what have you. But for some strange reason, it didn’t bother me quite so much. I’m not sure why.

I thought this novel was *brilliant*, and incredibly well written. The p.o.v. is many different characters (but not too many, thankfully), including Scotty. Now, Scotty is an asshole. But he’s very important to the plot. I’ve never met or read another character like Scotty, and I bet I never will. What a character...! Whew, Scotty is fresh lol.

The audiobook is narrated by the author, something which isn’t usually done a lot. Especially by authors with so few novels under their belts. But my Lort, Hannaham was GOOD....! His characters were all separated and different, and Scotty was a fricken laugh riot...! Wow, that Scotty....... 😂. But I digress.
Seriously, the audiobook is something wonderful. If you can get a copy from your local library, it’s well worth listening to, whether you’ve read the book before or not. VERY well done!

So please give this novel a try, you might love it as much as I do. It’s a real treat. I’m sorry I waited so long to get ahold of it, but I’m also glad of this because the Ohio library I frequent had the audiobook and I adored it.

4.5 stars, and very recommended! ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Darlene was once a respectable wife and mother. Nathaniel, her husband and herself owned a grocery store and they were very involved in making black people understand their rights to vote and such. Their young son, Eddie, was a vital part of their lives.
Nathaniel loses his life in a questionable way and Darlene falls apart. She becomes involved in drug taking and has to find ways to sustain that habit. In doing so, she is lured by a group of people who promote a perfect-sounding job with great pay and a wonderful health plan and a really nice place to work.
She leaves with this group and essentially disappears, leaving 12 year old Eddie to survive on his own. So he makes it his mission to find his mother.

I found this novel so compelling, with Darlene's drug-of-choice having a say in the characterization of the story. Have not read anything quite as interesting in a long time. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Jan 5, 2020 |
The characters and voices of Delicious create one of those rare novels that tweak my view of the world, just a bit. Dark and rich like 86% chocolate; with a bitter flavor that has to be savored. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 28) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Such moments of deft lyricism are Hannaham’s greatest strength, and those touches of beauty and intuitive metaphor make the novel’s difficult subject matter much easier to bear. “Delicious Foods,” however, is more often messy and scattershot when it comes to more basic issues of pacing, structure and, sometimes, simple narrative detail.
 
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"Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs, and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace. Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Eddie, now left behind in a panic-stricken search for her, Darlene has been lured away with false promises of a good job and a rosy life. A shady company named Delicious Foods shuttles her to a remote farm, where she is held captive, performing hard labor in the fields to pay off the supposed debt for her food, lodging, and the constant stream of drugs the farm provides to her and the other unfortunates imprisoned there. In Delicious Foods, James Hannaham tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene's haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene's travails, Hannaham's daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor. The desperate circumstances that test the unshakeable bond between this mother and son unfold into myth, and Hannaham's treatment of their ordeal spills over with compassion. Along the way we experience a tale at once contemporary and historical that wrestles with timeless questions of love and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, tenacity and the will to survive" --

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