'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 bestselling 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 twenties-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candor, 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.
Roxane Gay, the prominent cultural influencer, novelist, and New York Times bestselling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist , provides the tools necessary for everyone who wants to make their voice heard. Roxane Gay receives numerous requests from aspiring writers: "Will you please read my work and tell me if I have the talent to pursue writing?" What these hopeful wordsmiths all seek is encouragement and validation in a culture that is eager to reject creativity and those who pursue it, especially artists from underrepresented communities. These fans are desperate for someone to say, "Yes, you are good enough." They are looking for permission to use their voice. In this invaluable guide, Gay provides realistic, frank, and humorous advice for inexperienced writers and those who aspire to the writing life. From the beginning she makes clear that anyone can be a writer--so long as you actually practice the craft. She also offers insight on what's really required to succeed at virtually every endeavor: imagination, ambition, and perseverance. Gay covers a range of topics to help you define the kind of writing life you want, making clear that writing is an art--and a profession. She gives you the inspiration and practical tools you need to find your voice, use it, and be heard. If your dream is to become a published author, Gay walks you through the publishing process, letting you know what to expect. While there have been numerous writing guides, few speak to those whose talents have been overlooked or dismissed. Roxane Gay addresses their needs and aspirations while offering advice and insights useful to everyone.