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"Every family has its secrets. . . . God Spare the Girls is an exploration of individuality, family, religion, community, and how when one family secret is revealed, many more follow." -- Oprah Daily, 33 of the Best Beach Reads to Help You Escape
"God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney is a fascinating look at the moment in a young woman’s life when she starts to forge an identity separate from her family’s." -- Real Simple, The Best New Books to Read in 2021
"Compelling . . . Both a coming-of-age book and an examination of belief, identity, and family, God Spare the Girls is unflinching and entrancing, and a reminder of the dangers of blind faith, but also the power of love." -- Refinery29, 38 Books You’ll Want To Read This Summer
"This coming-of-age debut about sisterhood, faith, community, and Evangelical Christianity is sure to delight." -- The Millions, Most Anticipated of June
"Kelsey McKinney’s debut novel asks a difficult question: Why does God’s love often feel more conditional when it comes to women? . . . With a story about family, womanhood, and the question of goodness, readers will not be able to put God Spare the Girls down." -- Shondaland, The 5 Best Books for June 2021
"A story of sisters, family, faith, power, performance, secrets, and betrayal . . . a gorgeously written exploration of what it means to attempt to love and trust when the foundations upon which we’ve built those words have been torn down." -- Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want and Hold Still
"A heart-filled exploration about faith, family, and loyalty, and what it means to strike your own path . . . Told with such tenderness, humor, and yes, hope, this is a novel for anyone who’s felt broken down over faith and love and who has questioned what they thought they knew about life, which is to say, all of us. A coming of age tale that feels fresh and untold . . .These characters will be on my mind for a long time." -- Chelsea Bieker, author of Godshot
"Kelsey McKinney has written a real whopper of a novel with God Spare the Girls, a book that explores the ultimate cost of love within a family and the secrets people keep. I felt deeply touched by these characters as I read; both hopeful for their relationships and also wishing for their success. It is a precious thing to find a novel that allows for both the sweetness and the sour—McKinney writes it all deftly, beautifully, and fearlessly." -- Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth
“Kelsey McKinney has wrought an elegant tale of sisters, yes—but its greatest success is in accommodating a story of Evangelicalism that both speaks to its strengths and all-too-human heartbreaks. A compelling read.”
-- Esmé Weijun Wang, New York Times bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias
"I don't know what I was more moved by in God Spare the Girls: the depths and twists of family love, the complexities of faith, or the failures of both faith and love. A devastating and large-hearted novel." -- R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
"The highlight of McKinney’s authentic narrative is her treatment of relationships, and Caroline and Abigail’s growing connection as the rest of their world threatens to fall apart is at once engaging, witty, and heartbreaking. A loss of faith gives way to something much stronger." -- Kirkus
"Read it for twists on twists, meditations on faith, and a deeply thoughtful treatment of an evangelical community." -- Glamour, Beach Reads That Are Like Summer in a Book
“This stirring debut about faith, secrets, and familial bonds will keep readers turning the pages.” -- Publishers Weekly
"An astonishingly assured debut that focuses on Caroline and Abigail Nolan, a pair of sisters in the fictional North Texas town of Hope, as they struggle with their evangelical faith and family betrayal." -- Texas Monthly
"A feminist rewrite of Lot. . . . God Spare the Girls is, in short, delightful." -- Texas Observer
"Bewitching . . . [a] tender but cutting coming-of-age story." -- Elle, The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2021
"The story is fictional, but far too familiar to many who were raised in the church.” -- Relevant Magazine
“The novel’s strength lies in its note-perfect depiction of conservative white Bible Belt church culture, and what happens when that culture’s image of perfection clashes with reality. Kelsey McKinney’s powerful first novel takes on Texas summer heat, church politics and complicated family dynamics.” -- Shelf Awareness
"A compelling and beautifully written tale, a book that captures the hubris and hypocrisy that can come from institutionalized faith while also finding ways to acknowledge the value that such circumstances can bring. Delicately heart wrenching, driven by sad realizations and quiet humor, it’s an unforgettable read. . . . An exceptional piece of fiction, sad and smart and driven by an overarching verisimilitude. What McKinney has created feels like a real place with real people, all while sharing their stories of faith gained or lost or somewhere in-between. Believing matters—but what often matters more is that (or those) in which (or whom) we choose to believe." -- The Maine Edge
“McKinney is a strong and compelling storyteller and has crafted a captivating small town world full of gossip and intrigue. God Spare the Girls beautifully explores the challenges of young womanhood in the context of a religion that has its own very strict ideas about what it means to be a good daughter, sister, and wife. Above all else, God Spare the Girls is a touching and powerful story of a bond between two sisters navigating a world and life they never chose. It is a beautifully rendered spin on classic coming-of-age tales, with the characters navigating intricate layers of relationships with themselves, with each other and with their faith.” -- Associated Press --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
KELSEY McKINNEY is a freelance features writer and cofounder of Defector Media. She previously worked as a staff writer at Vox, Fusion, and Deadspin. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan, and New York magazine, among other publications. Raised Evangelical in north Texas, she now lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and dog. God Spare the Girls is her first novel.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08HM22W9K
- Publisher : William Morrow (June 22, 2021)
- Publication date : June 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1822 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,679 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is gripping, though not because of a relentless plot. In truth, not that much *happens*, particularly in the book's second act, which stretches out like the long, hot, Texas summer days it describes before snapping back to a more rapid pace after one particularly ill-fated trip to a grocery store. Nonetheless, because this place feels so real and whole, the stresses and tensions the novel's central family is experiencing transfer easily to the reader. You want to know how it will all be resolved, and if the titular girls will be okay, and it very much keeps you turning the pages.
McKinney doesn't have easy answers to those questions, but she draws the novel nonetheless to an ending that feels earned and satisfying, even if it's not the one the reader (or some of the characters) may have hoped for. Her interrogation of Christianity's inherent misogyny is unsparing, particularly in regard to a select few well-known bible stories, and while different characters make different choices in regard to their faith, none are incomprehensible or feel unearned. Touching, gripping, and frustrating in equal measure, God Spare the Girls is an excellent read an I recommend it with enthusiasm.
So much to unpack here.
If. You’ve grown up in the evangelical south...
If. You’re honest with yourself...
You’ll find this read both cringeworthy and cathartic.
Cringeworthy because you know there is way more than a grain of truth in this telling.
Cathartic because... finally, somebody was courageous enough to tell it.
The family dynamics (father/daughter, mother/daughter, sister/sister, along with accompanying nuances are both intriguing and relatable.
What the author does so well here- is not allowing any of the outcomes to be predictable.
Many more sub plots tucked in - debatable biblical truths as they relate to women, marriage commitment at all cost, etc.
My main quip with the book was a wholesale view of the modern church.
Fraught with problems though it is, including often corrupt leadership- (I’m not minimizing this)
I didn’t note a single “noble” member .
As in- a dedicated believer/member who was decent with pure (Christian) motives- whose faith remains intact.
I absolutely know the former exists - but I also know the latter is present as well.
Personally acquainted with few “whistle blowers”, who still hold their Christian beliefs to be unimpeachable while recognizing that leadership may not be.
In summary- engaging book, talented author, thought provoking subject.
I look forward to her future works.
*Great book club book, in my opinion. LOTS to talk about here , girls.
The plot concerns a minister who cheats in his marriage and how it affects his two daughters and his wife. The minister has made a name for himself by bringing an average church to prominence through his moving sermons, (sermons written by his eldest daughter. Hmm.) However, the book leaves out details regarding his affair, the fact that it was his daughter who actually wrote his famous sermons, without receiving any credit. Anothet Hmm.
The main character is the youngest daughter, Caroline. Perhaps the book is left without some details to allow 18 year old Caroline to mature and prepare for life as an adult by slowly discovering the realities of adult life. Over the course of one hot Texas summer, Caroline loses her virginity, discovers her father's affair, and makes plans for her life at a university away from home.
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A good deal of the novel comments on the patriarchal nature of the Bible and the society they inhabit. Three Old Testament stories in particular are examined by the girls that illustrate the dismissive attitude to women that has percolated down the centuries. Of course, they’re also trying to get their heads straight about their father’s hypocrisy. Their mother Ruthie is willing to forgive and forget. She sees herself as her husband’s helpmate in all things. Both parents, plus other congregants put pressure on the girls to return. It doesn’t look good for them to be away when it comes to their father’s reinstatement. Questions about sexuality inevitably arise, bearing in mind that the abstinence pledge is big in this church and both sisters wear abstinence rings - though Caroline takes hers off.
This novel has an autobiographical feel to it. As a reader, you’re pretty sure the author knows exactly whereof she speaks, so it’s all the more authentic for that, and thus gives an excellent window into this brand of Christian culture. The relationship between the sisters and and between them and their parents is nuanced and entirely believable. Their father in particular, doesn’t come off looking good, but he is no less the product of his history than anyone else. You leave the book hoping that Abigail will become the church leader her talents clearly enable her to be, but knowing that she probably won’t. In that sense, the millenia old sadness of women rests in one’s gut. A good first novel. Let’s hear more from this writer.