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Publisher's 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-17

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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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 08-15-17

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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  • Suswati
  • 08-02-17

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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  • Rose
  • 06-21-18

Superb. Harrowing in parts but worth it

Roxanne's narration was excellent. The book is funny in parts but although the tone wasn't grim, it's pretty heavy going. It's definitely helped me develop empathy with people of size, who previously i have barely given a second thought to. She writes beautifully.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-18

More mundane than expected

I enjoyed hearing about Gay’s story and what she felt had led her to compulsive eating. But as the book went on and focussed more on life as an obese person, I became less interested. I am not sure why, it felt at times quite self-pitying which I understand for Gay personally, but not something I needed to listen to. I gave up towards the end, the whole dull segment on cooking finished me.
I like Gay’s style and might pick up another book by her but this memoir was not really for me.

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  • AnneDriscoll
  • 03-09-18

Raw, brutality honest & painful to read.

Very difficult to listen to, the boys who raped Roxanne seemingly got away with their crime, they are oblivious to the continuing suffering of their victim as a result of their actions.
Roxanne was in a very dark place for much of her life, I was amazed at her self flagellation, the constant onslaught of hate towards herself & her body, her total lack of self esteem, I marvel that she survived. The book showed how cruel people can be & how sadistic they became when they sensed the weakness & neediness in her.
Although a very disturbing read this book has such raw honesty, is
well written & narrated & must read.

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  • avagardro
  • 02-15-18

A memoir that will stay with me.

I identify with many of the aspects of Roxanne's story so for me this is a powerful and affirming memoir. I thank her for it and for having the nerve to put it out in the world.

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  • Em Farrell
  • 10-18-17

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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  • Hazel
  • 08-27-17

Woe is me.

I wanted to like this author so much but it was impossible. She hates herself but doesn't want pity.....she thrives on playing the victim and refuses to take any responsibility for her weight. Her attitude is 'the world does not fit my needs, respect or accommodate me therefor the world should change for me'.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-17

THANK YOU

Thank you so so much Raxane Gay for saying what needed to be said not just for yourself but for and to society at large. NOT just women.

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  • Ceese
  • 07-10-17

A Must Read

A raw and unflinching memoir of what it is like to be a victim of violence and woman of size in a world that is not made to accommodate. Gay is a wonderfully courageous writer and is always such a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-18

Fabulous!

I loved this brilliant narrative. I finished it in a day and a half. The author has some really interesting ideas about women and their relationships with their bodies. She opened my eyes to new perspectives about weight and body image.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

I want to like it

I really wanted to like this book, and I did to an extent... but it was just missing something. It was an incredible story and my heart panged for Roxanne many times. However, the story jumped around a lot which became confusing at times. At times I felt that she had already told the whole
story and was just jumping around adding different parts here and there. Overall I still liked it and would recommend it for its raw and thought prompting story despite having some issues with it.

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  • Erica
  • 01-28-18

Not your average read.

My own history with the issues covered in this great read caused me to have to stop and reflect at times on my own journey of acceptance and recovery. This book took longer than normal to read because of this fact. It's worth spending the time thinking about the words, Roxane's journey and if this resonates with the reader, then my advice is to stop and reflect.
This book was not a story as such, but more of a collection of little stories made into a book. It is deeply personal and had many meanings to me. It's the first time as a larger women moving through the world that I've ever heard someone write/say what I'd always been thinking.
What this memoir really did for me, was show that one life event for a person can change their direction and life course forever! I knew this, but I always thought that it was often many traumatic events that lead to this kind of fundamental change in a person's trajectory in life. It's not, and as a community services worker, this is so important to realise.
Thank you Roxane for having the courage to be open enough for us who cannot speak our truths yet, to explore the possibilities of speaking our truths.

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  • Yvonne P.
  • 12-26-17

Very enjoyable

Loved hearing Roxane tell her stories (at times painful) with her usual warmth. Thank you.

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  • Mehdi
  • 10-24-17

Just amazing

I really loved this one. The story is so touchy and being a memoir makes me get even more involved. I like the story telling, subtle sentences and honesty I found in that. Listening it from Roxane’s beautiful voice, gives it a soul. Thanks Roxane.

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  • Ms Ellana Costa
  • 08-22-17

Hugely Impactful and Beautifully Written

If you could sum up Hunger in three words, what would they be?

Accurate. Universal. Poignent.

What did you like best about this story?

This story had so many echos of my own journey with my body. It was amazing to realise that these thoughts are so universal.

Which character – as performed by Roxane Gay – was your favourite?

Roxane Gay read the book with such love and life. It really felt like she was giving me permission to hear her story with the way she read the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

More familiar than you'd think.

Any additional comments?

This book is an absolute must read if you have ever had any interactions with any woman with a body.

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  • Sally
  • 07-25-17

An important listen for anyone with a body

Whilst a lot of Hunger is deeply personal and specific to Roxane's personal story, much of it relates to the ways we all inhabit our bodies

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  • Kathryn Algie
  • 07-20-17

THANK YOU!!

I just loved this. The frank honesty. The beautiful juxtapositions. It is so human. We are not all machines that can follow our politics or ideals to a tee. Roxanne's account of her own life and her own Experience is so human. I felt like it was a breath of reality. The truth about how it is to be a feminist in a world where our bodies are the first thing that's judged. Read it. Everyone. Just read it. (Or better yet listen to it in the authors own voice!)