In this charming novel, Darrin Doyle paints a captivating portrait of the all-American family - if the all-American family's youngest child ate an entire city in Michigan with a smile, that is. Doyle has a flare for writing about family dysfunction with a twist. With a unique blend of realism and fantasy, The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo is the moving story of the hauntingly beautiful Audrey Mapes, who began her illustrious "career" by downing crayons by the carton only to graduate to eating an entire city one bite at a time. With vivid, acerbic wit, Doyle details the life of the world's most gifted "eatist" through the eyes of Audrey's sister, McKenna. Through her eyes, we see the real tragedy of the Mapes story is not the destruction of a city, but rather, the quiet disintegration of a family who just didn't quite know how to love.
Praise for this book
"As quirky, funny, and masterful as it is, Darrin Doyleâs The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo isnât just a book about a girl who ate a cityâitâs about the hunger we all have, for love, for family, and for home." - Alix Ohlin
Used availability for Darrin Doyle's The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo
January 2010 : USA Paperback
January 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition