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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Roxane Gay


Little Brown

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"I ate and ate and ate in the hope that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere... I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognised or understood, but at least I was safe."

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance and health. As a woman who describes her own body as  wildly undisciplined, she understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens and 20s - including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life - and brings readers into the present, and the realities, pains and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candour, vulnerability and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, she explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen.

Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, telling a story that hasn't yet been told, but needs to be.

By:   Roxane Gay
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 160mm,  Width: 232mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781472151117
ISBN 10:   1472151119
Publication Date:   August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Extraordinary . . . [a] courageous, honest book . . . One of the triumphs of the book is that she not only makes one consider the way fatness is judged, she implies a larger question about the impertinence of judging others at all. * the Observer * A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist . . . An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath. * Kirkus, starred review * It turns out that when a wrenching past is confronted with wisdom and bravery, the outcome can be compassion and enlightenment - both for the reader who has lived through this kind of unimaginable pain, and for the reader who knows nothing of it. Roxane Gay shows us how to be decent to ourselves, and decent to one another. HUNGER is an amazing achievement in more ways than I can count. * Ann Patchett * In 88 short, lucid chapters, Gay powerfully takes readers through realities that pain her, vex her, guide her, and inform her work. The result is a generous and empathic consideration of what it's like to be someone else: in itself something of a miracle. * Booklist, starred review * I'm very thankful for Roxane Gay's Hunger, which should be and should have been on every award list if people were really reading. This is her best book, in my opinion. I love that it takes an unconventional road to storytelling and that the structure often spirals within itself in interesting ways. I also love that it is a story about sexual assault and the ways in which that can change your life. It's a deeply moving, somewhat experimental, gorgeously written and brilliantly thought-out memoir. And it's one of those books that no matter what your relationship to the body, this book is for you, all of you. * Porochista Khakpour, Buzzfeed * I have reviewed many interesting books for the TLS this year, but the most moving is Roxane Gay's Hunger . . . Her survivor's story is both understated and inspiring. * TLS, Books of the Year *

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