“In this moving memoir, Gay explores her personal relationships, her relationship with food and how it changed after a sexual assault that she kept secret.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“In Hunger, Gay writes of her rape, and its ripple-out effects on her life, including her continued struggle with body image and weight.”
Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Roxane Gay’s highly anticipated memoir chronicles her relationship with her body, her ongoing struggle with weight and a rape that left her reeling for decades.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“This searing account of Gay’s lifelong struggle with her weight offers no tidy resolution. There’s no willowy woman on the book jacket holding the waistband of her old pants an arm’s reach from her new body.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 5 Memoirs of 2017.
The New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has brought a very emotion issue that many deal with every day, especially women, to the forefront with this highly recommended book called Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.
The words contained within its pages reveal, with intimate detail, the sensitive connection between bodies and food. Gay, uses her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means to explore our shared anxieties as humans over pleasure, consumption, appearance and health.
She describes her own feminine body as “wildly undisciplined”, correlating the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care, and the issues that contribute to these factors. She gives frank insightful into her childhood, teens, and twenties, even going so far as to include the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life.
She then brings surely mesmerized readers into the present and the realities, pains and joys of her daily life. These are all feelings and thoughts that most, if not all of us, can relate to. She explores what it means to be overweight in current society and how it translated into the bigger you are, the less you are seen.
The author has truly laid herself bare for our scrutiny, penning her words with admiring candor, vulnerability, and authority that has made her one of the most admired voices of her generation.
Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from a fine writer. It tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be, a story that is true for many a woman.
“A work of staggering honesty . . . .” New Republic calls it. “Poignantly told.”