Gay's memoir is a harrowing account of her rape as a child, and of the eating disorders she developed as a result of that rape.
Told with clarity, Gay describes her relationship with her body, and with food throughout the years following her assault.
Hunger is a deeply important read, but not by any means any easy one. In a world that would prefer us to not talk about these matters, Hunger requires the reader to face the truth. The truth of how our society treats female bodies, and the truth of how our society deals with sexual assault, and how those two things intertwine.
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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," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties--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 candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane 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, and tells a story that hasn't yet been told but needs to be.