Indie Next Pick
All's fair in love, war, and the kitchen
Two small town sisters, one who stayed, one who left, use a reality TV competition to finally resolve their ongoing feud over who made the better life choices. Expect picture-perfect lives that fall apart away from the camera, an all-chicken recreation of Stephen King's Carrie and a manipulative host who really needs a donut-and expect to come away thinking about your own life choices, too.
"A charming first novel about family, regrets, and second chances. Dell'Antonia deftly deals with issues of mental illness, marriage troubles, and dreams deferred, all the while telling a funny satire of reality TV. An utter delight from start to finish."
KJ Dell'Antonia is the author of the viral New York Times essay Why I Didn't Answer Your Email, which pretty much makes her Team Paper-except for traveling. Or while unexpectedly quarantined in an other country with three small children.
She is the former editor of the Times' Motherlode blog and the author of the book How to Be a Happier Parent. Her debut novel, The Chicken Sisters, is a timely, humorous exploration of the same themes she focuses on in her journalism: the importance of finding joy in our families, the challenge of figuring out what makes us happy and the need to value the people in front of us more than the ones in our phones and laptops, every single time.