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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

"I am nowhere near as brave as people believe me to be. As a writer, armed with words, I can do anything, but when I have to take my body out into the world, courage fails me."

Powerful quotes like this one are abundantly strewn throughout Hunger, Roxane Gay’s intimate, heartbreaking, honest and raw memoir about her body. Gay talks about her daily struggles with moving through the world as an obese person, and what led her to find comfort and solace in food: one devastating act of violence that changed her life forever at the tender age of 12.

While difficult to read about Gay’s personal challenges at times, her willingness to lay bare her darkest thoughts about that horrifying day, and society's cruelty towards obese women, is truly inspiring. Gay writes with a vulnerability that I have never witnessed before.

I can only imagine how difficult it would have been for Gay to pour out her entire heart and soul into this memoir, but she has done a superb job of empowering survivors of eating disorders and various forms of assault, encouraging those to use their stories to create.

To say that I highly recommend this memoir is the understatement of the century. I have loved every single one of Gay’s works, but Hunger definitely stands out as my favourite so far. Very much looking forward to her next one!