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The Chicken Sisters
By (author): KJ Dell'Antonia
KJ Dell'Antonia


G.P. Putnam's Sons



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Dec 01, 2020
$22.00 CAD


8.2in x 5.5 x 0.8 in | 0.6 lb

Page Count:

352 pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons
FICTION / Family Life / General


“A charming, hilarious, feel-good story about the kind of bonds & rivalries only sisters can share. Also, a great present for your sister for the holidays!!”—Reese Witherspoon

Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster.

In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state—and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire…

The last thing Brooklyn-based organizational guru Mae Moore, Amanda’s sister, wants is to go home to Kansas. But when her career implodes, helping the fading Mimi’s look good on Food Wars becomes Mae’s best chance to reclaim the limelight—even if doing so pits her against Amanda and Frannie’s. Yet when family secrets become public knowledge, the sisters must choose: Will they fight with each other, or for their heritage?

Story Locale: Merinac, Kansas (fictional)

FUN + FOOD + FEEL-GOOD = A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Take the warmth and pathos of Kristan Higgins’ women’s fiction, add a setting straight out of Gilmore Girls, sprinkle in mouthwatering depictions of regional comfort food, and the result is The Chicken Sisters. This high-concept, uplifting, emotionally satisfying novel is the perfect summer read.

PUTTING THE HEART IN HEARTLAND: The Chicken Sisters is KJ Dell’Antonia’s love letter to Kansas and the Midwest. Dell’Antonia does for Kansas what Fannie Flagg did for the South, Elin Hilderbrand did for Nantucket, and Dorothea Benton Frank did for the Lowcountry. Fans of these authors will find much to love about The Chicken Sisters’s fictional setting of Merinac, Kansas, and its quirky yet loveable residents.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: As the former editor of The New York Times’s MotherLode blog, the author of the nonfiction book How To Be a Happier Parent (Avery, 2018), and a regular contributor to the The New York Times, Slate, Parents, and more, Dell’Antonia is widely known for her wise and witty expertise in family dynamics. She brings her trademark humor and insight to the relationships she depicts in The New York Times.

BASED ON THE AUTHOR’S OWN HISTORY: Dell’Antonia got the idea for this novel from the rival fried chicken establishments in Pittsburgh, Kansas, that she frequented as a child when visiting her grandparents nearby. The authentic connection to and affection for her subject matter is evident on every page.

IDEAL FORMAT FOR SUMMER: The trade original format makes this novel perfect for tucking into beach bags, and will ensure a broad commercial reach.

PERFECT FOR BOOK CLUBS: With its sassy and smart exploration of love, loss, sibling bonds, second-chance romance, family rifts, female relationships, and the power of good food, The Chicken Sisters is a winning choice for book clubs.

EXCITING TV NEWS: Coming soon!

KJ Dell’Antonia is the former editor of Motherlode and current contributor to The New York Times, as well as the author of How to Be a Happier Parent. She lives with her family on a small farm in Lyme, New Hampshire, but retains an abiding love for her childhood in Texas and Kansas.

Author Residence: Lyme, New Hampshire

Author Hometown: Dallas, Texas

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Author Website: KJDellAntonia.com

Author Social Media: Twitter.com/KJDellAntonia; Facebook.com/KJDellAntonia; Instagram.com/KJDA

A January 2021 Country Living Front Porch Book Club Pick

The Chicken Sistersby KJ Dell’Antonia is a delightful look at sibling relationships and the unbreakable and bonds of family.”—Real Simple

The Chicken Sisters is a pitch-perfect book with which to begin the New Year, when the spirit of starting anew and putting aside baggage (no matter how many centuries old it may be!), is exactly what we need. Well, that and a plate of fried chicken, of course.” —Country Living

“If you prefer your family secrets served with a side of fried chicken, we highly recommend The Chicken Sisters…[a] funny, heartfelt book…”—Hello Giggles

“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.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Mae and Amanda are spirited characters, and their foibles are told with care and humor. Recommended for Food Network and HGTV watchers, this first novel is plucky, heartwarming, and a welcome distraction from the news of the day.”—Library Journal

“Be warned: you’ll crave fried chicken throughout.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Dell’Antonia writes convincingly and sympathetically about complicated family relationships, giving Mae and Amanda each relatable flaws. The Food Wars scenes are a fun peek behind the curtain of the reality TV world, and the small-town warmth of Merinac is comfortingly quirky. A charming and satisfying story about family bonds that will make meat eaters everywhere crave fried chicken.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Nobody knows the humor and pathos of complicated family relationships better than K.J. Dell’Antonia, which is why this story about sisters and fried chicken and reality TV is such a satisfying read. It’s like the comfort-food of novels: warm, memorable, and wholly original. I loved it."—Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety

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