Tigers, Not Daughters

Tigers, Not Daughters #1

Samantha Mabry

fiction contemporary magical realism young adult
emotional mysterious sad medium-paced

288 pages | first published 2020

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

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emotional 90%
mysterious 65%
dark 60%
sad 60%
reflective 45%
tense 40%
hopeful 25%
challenging 20%
adventurous 15%
inspiring 10%
funny 5%


medium 63%
fast 21%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 40% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 38% | No: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 94% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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