For the audience that made Commencement a New York Times bestseller comes a novel about women making their way in the world.
Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother’s dinner dates—until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate—and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.
"Perfect beach book ... worth your vacation time... This gorgeously written story maps the links between love and food as it follows four college roommates who grow into womanhood together." —Redbook
“I so enjoyed this intelligent novel. At times it seemed to double as a riveting sociological study as it delved into the complex relationship between women and food. An important book for our times—and for our friends, daughters, and ourselves.” —Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Best of Us
“The Appetites of Girls is comfort food in the form of a novel that weaves four women’s stories into a delicious and uplifting casserole of female friendship and the complicated relationships we all have with eating, life and each other.” —Danielle Ganek, author of The Summer We Read Gatsby