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Hunger

Roxane Gay

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Feminist writer and commentator Roxane Gay presents a raw and unsparing memoir of abuse, self-esteem, and the different forms of hunger and desire that shape and enslave our bodies.

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Hunger

Hunger

by Roxane Gay

Overview

As a professor at Yale, award-winning novelist, and opinion writer for the New York Times, one might think Roxane Gay has had an enviable life. Yet as a queer Black woman self-described as 'morbidly obese,' the author's struggles are difficult to express.

Gay's bestselling collection Bad Feminist was acclaimed for its intimate and candid personal storytelling. In this painfully honest memoir, the author goes deeper, describing her traumatic experience of sexual violence and how it informed her relationship to her body.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, published in 2017, sees Gay's struggles with her weight as a means to protect herself from the gaze of others, her own desires, and the world. With raw vulnerability and grace, the author explores what it means to have unyielding hunger and desire in an often hostile world.

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When you're overweight, your body becomes a matter of public record in many respects. ... People project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth might be.

- Roxane Gay

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