A YA anthology about food, culture, family, and love! Coming Summer 2019 from Simon & Schuster/Pulse, June 18th, 2019!
A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the pastries she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could grant him the money to save his mother’s life.
Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, Have you had anything to eat? Where magic and food and love are sometimes one in the same.
Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.
Contributors: SK Ali, Adi Alsaid, Elsie Chapman, Rin Chupeco, Jay Coles, Sara Farizan, Sangu Mandanna, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sandhya Menon, Phoebe North, Karuna Riazi, Caroline Tung Richmond, and Rebecca Roanhorse.
(Cover art (hardcover, top) Jess Cruickshank, designer Heather Palisi-Reyes)
“Filled to the brim with delightful surprises and deep familial bonds.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A brilliant multicultural collection that reminds readers that stories about food are rarely just about the food alone.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Emphasizing the importance of love, family, and culture, and written with delectable descriptions, each story is best savored like a favorite dish: slowly and with great relish.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If home is where the heart is, this gourmet story collection is a place many readers will ache to call home. . . Well-rounded, delicious.” —School Library Journal
“Dynamic, varied, and filled with flavor.” —Booklist
Best YA Books of 2019 That Celebrate Human Connection – Kirkus
A 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection
Book deal announcement on PW here.