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Summary

'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.'

New York Times best-selling 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 20s - including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life - and brings listeners 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, 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.

©2017 Roxane Gay (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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Fantastic!

This is my first audiobook and I was very hesitant. However, I think I chose the correct audio book! The story was very captivating and narration was very well done. It was also very relatable in many aspects and I loved how Roxane Gay spoke about the societal issues that have also shaped her experience.

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Essential reading

This is an excellent, challenging read, which forces you to think about the assumptions you make about people. Brutally honest.

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Extremely brave account of weight and trauma

Roxane Gay's deeply moving, hard-hitting biographical account of rape and its consequences is harrowing and triggering. The profound impact it had on her life goes to explain all her decision making as a result. Not to explain away her feelings of her weight, but it shows a small tenet of how trauma can have such devastating results. It can be a little repetitive from a literary perspective but it's well worth all the kudos.

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A memoir of a great mind and a traumatised body

Beautifully written, heart breaking, brave and honest. I felt privileged to hear her story. It felt so private, so intimate and so full of pain and courage and love and strength and hope.

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An honour to read

This is a beautifully vulnerable memoir and that makes it wonderful.
I have felt what it was like for Roxane and I understand that writing this was hard and took courage.

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Powerful

A powerful book about Roxane Gay’s experiences of living in a very fat body. It does feel quite heavy at times and covers some sensitive/triggering subjects.
This has been my favourite audible/audiobook experience so far, the author has a very pleasant reading pace and voice.

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Powerful story

The author became my friend, helped me to understand and to cope with many things in my life.

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Courageous and necessary

Hearing this read by Roxane Gay makes it all the more powerful. I've left this with a deep respect for her and a deepened connection to the very real work we need to do in ourselves, our relationships and our societies. Listen. Above all things Gay's story needs to be heard.

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She is greater in spirit than she thinks

Harrowing. Eye-opening. Splendid. An excellent listen.

(Why do they want me to write more words for a review? People who will listen to this will understand plenty.)

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In my opinion

Roxane Gay's story and book really touched me. Besides the fact that I've found myself in her situation, having a personal experience with body shaming, I was impressed how she had to endure and go through all of these really awful situations. I really like her casual, easy-going writing style. it is disturbing and refreshing in the same time. I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed because I've had to read it in such a short time due to a term paper. But I am 100% sure I will reread it in the nearest future, because it is a masterpiece indeed. I strongly recommended it.

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Must read

Loved it. It's a great and interesting memoir, and an important feminist read. Made me think about my body and food issues.