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Delicious Foods

(2015)
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Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book
Held captive by her employers--and by her own demons--on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

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 11-year-old Eddie, now left behind and 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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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Delicious Foods: A Novel
Author(s): James Hannaham
ISBN: 0-316-28494-7 / 978-0-316-28494-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Delicious Foods: A Novel
Author(s): James Hannaham
ISBN: 0-316-28493-9 / 978-0-316-28493-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

March 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Delicious Foods: A Novel
Author(s): James Hannaham
ISBN: 1-4789-0053-9 / 978-1-4789-0053-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Delicious Foods: A Novel
Author(s): James Hannaham
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Delicious Foods: A Novel
Author(s): James Hannaham
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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