'I ate and ate and ate in the hopes 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 recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.'
In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, 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 explores her past-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved-in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
Roxane is a powerhouse of a writer - Lena Dunham
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
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
debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist . . . An intense, unsparingly honest
portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath. - Kirkus, starred review
One of the most eagerly anticipated
books of the year . . . it's "not a weight-loss memoir" - but it's actually something far more inspirational
than that . . . the tender beauty
of this memoir - testament to her bravery and resilience - has much to teach us
about kindness and compassion. - Independent
Hunger is genuinely inspiring in a way only nuance can be. - Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Age
This is a poignant insight into the life of feminist Roxane Gay. Vulnerable yet powerful, it looks at what it means to take care of yourself and love your body in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes. - MiNDFOOD
Gay's memoir left me reeling. In it, she writes poignantly, honestly and beautifully about unruly bodies and sexual assault, and examines what it means to accept yourself when your body has been deemed unacceptable - Elle Australia