Delicious Foods

Delicious Foods

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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" -- provided by publisher.
"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" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
ISBN: 9780316284943
0316284947
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hannaham James 03/2015
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 25 cm

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lynelliot
Jul 10, 2017

Great writing, sad and harrowing but also truly funny at times. A compelling and original portrayal of addiction, exploitation, and love.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 26, 2016

The gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them both.

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SLPL_PPloch
Aug 24, 2016

This book tackles several subjects but the overall theme is institutional racism.

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steadyslow
Jun 09, 2016

This book was a bit of kick in the gut. Sad, sad, sad. But beautifully written and look at this sentence! "A story might help you get through your life, he said, but it doesn't literally keep you alive--if anything, most often people who have power turn their story into a brick wall keeping out somebody else's truth so that they can continue the life they believe themselves to be leading, trying somehow to preserve the idea that they're good people in their small lives, despite their involvement, however indirect, with bigger evils."

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Reclak
Jan 09, 2016

Ahh, the crew life, where the worker exists in isolation from the community at large by dint of work routine and demands. It is the same whether it is farm work or product sales. I found much that I recognized in "Delicious Foods", starting with the hierarchical set-up of the supervisors and bosses. Crews that are similar to this one do exist in the United States. Hannaham really doesn't exaggerate that much.

My problem with "Delicious" is its timing. Hannaham leads the reader to believe that the events in Darlene's and James's lives are happening during the early Civil Rights era. Then later in the novel he has Darlene strung out on the urban scourge of the eighties, crack cocaine. It is a glaring inconsistency. He writes his best in this novel when detailing the workers on the farm.

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Mrivest
Dec 07, 2015

Great book. An excellent page turner.

arbolito Sep 28, 2015

Good read, serious but very well written, especially the voice of drugs.

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