James Hannaham - Delicious Foods

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

Out on the street, selling herself to support her habit, Darlene is lured into a stranger’s van by the promise of a steady job on an idyllic farm. But Delicious Foods turns out to be more prison than paradise, its workers forced into modern slavery, doing back-breaking labor for little pay, and all their wages going to fund their room and board and to fill the crack pipes with which they’re sedated. Darlene is desperate to escape and reunite with her son Eddie, but her debt becomes more insurmountable each day and her old life recedes into memory.

Told in three voices—Darlene, Eddie, and the irreverent and mischievous drug (aka “Scotty”)—this haunting story dips back and forth in time to illustrate the vicious cycles of poverty, racism, addiction, and violence. Delicious Foods is at once a blistering social commentary on the crack cocaine epidemic and a look at the shockingly dark side of American agricultural labor.

James Hannaham is the author of the novel God Says No, which was honored by the American Library Association. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925
Delicious Foods: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316284943
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 17th, 2015

WINNER OF THE 2016 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

WINNER OF THE HURSTON/WRIGHT LEGACY FICTION AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE 2016 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES PRIZE FOR FICTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE SIMPSON/JOYCE CAROL OATES PRIZE