Delicious Foods

Delicious Foods

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A young widow with an addiction is lured away to a remote farm by a shady company called Delicious Foods, where she is held captive and forced into hard labor while she struggles to be reunited with her young son.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316284943
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 20, 2020

After Eddie's father is killed, his mother sinks into depression and self-destruction. She's gone a lot, but always returns home eventually...until one day she doesn't. Talking with some locals Eddie learns she was picked up by a van known to hire addicts off the street to work as farm laborers. Although Delicious Foods seems on paper to be a legitimate company, the contract its desperate employees sign commits them to a life of virtual slavery. Determined to locate his mother regardless, Eddie hops aboard the van.

This was so unlike anything else I've read recently. It was a true page-turner — both gripping and horrifying. And it doesn't take a huge stretch of the imagination to envision shady businesses functioning similarly today, even in our own country.

IndyPL_LindsayH Mar 09, 2019

Delicious Foods is terrifying tale of modern day slavery. Although this book is based upon fiction it leaves the reader wondering if situations like this happen. The characters in this book are addicts that are lured to a fruit plantation and forced to work the fields in terrible conditions with no way out. It is a tough book to put down!!

Feb 12, 2018

Although this book has received prizes and many good reviews, I did not enjoy it and felt that I had wasted my time finishing it. The problem is not the story - an agribusiness takes street people to a large property to plant, tend and pick fruit and vegetables in a condition of slavery maintained by providing crack cocaine, so that people are doubly enslaved. However, there were too many inconsistencies and false notes. It is as if Hannaham could not decide what kind of novel he wanted to write.

Jul 10, 2017

Great writing, sad and harrowing but also truly funny at times. A compelling and original portrayal of addiction, exploitation, and love.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 26, 2016

The gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them both.

Aug 24, 2016

This book tackles several subjects but the overall theme is institutional racism.

Jun 09, 2016

This book was a bit of kick in the gut. Sad, sad, sad. But beautifully written and look at this sentence! "A story might help you get through your life, he said, but it doesn't literally keep you alive--if anything, most often people who have power turn their story into a brick wall keeping out somebody else's truth so that they can continue the life they believe themselves to be leading, trying somehow to preserve the idea that they're good people in their small lives, despite their involvement, however indirect, with bigger evils."

Jan 09, 2016

Ahh, the crew life, where the worker exists in isolation from the community at large by dint of work routine and demands. It is the same whether it is farm work or product sales. I found much that I recognized in "Delicious Foods", starting with the hierarchical set-up of the supervisors and bosses. Crews that are similar to this one do exist in the United States. Hannaham really doesn't exaggerate that much.

My problem with "Delicious" is its timing. Hannaham leads the reader to believe that the events in Darlene's and James's lives are happening during the early Civil Rights era. Then later in the novel he has Darlene strung out on the urban scourge of the eighties, crack cocaine. It is a glaring inconsistency. He writes his best in this novel when detailing the workers on the farm.

arbolito Sep 28, 2015

Good read, serious but very well written, especially the voice of drugs.


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