The Instant New York Times Bestseller

In this intimate and searing memoir, the New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls “wildly undisciplined.” She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

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“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 had been 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 I made but barely recognized or understood but of my own making. I was miserable, but I was safe.”

Our Bookseller says:

“Reading this book is like looking into the author’s soul and seeing a piece of it so clearly that you’re briefly blinded by its truth-telling nakedness. Every single sentence is personal and raw. The ability this book has to be so wholly personal to Gay and still so relevant to anyone who picks it up is a feat few memoirs accomplish. She does not let you pity her; she does not shame you. This book is about her and living in her body; it’s not about anyone else and how we feel.” – Miranda

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 it tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.