As a preteen, Roxane Gay experienced horrific sexual trauma perpetrated by a group of neighborhood boys. Hunger is a memoir about how her body was used and exploited and what has happened to her body since. Her writing is candid and open about the reasons she’s gained weight as a result of her trauma. She also shares what it’s like to navigate a world that cares little for folks they deem overweight.
This book has so much to say about sexual assault, trauma, how society treats larger bodies, and believing women’s stories. Here is some expanded material on these themes…
Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay on a Lifetime of Hunger
Roxane Gay’s Hunger Complicates Narratives About Being Fat
14 Women Open Up About Size Prejudice
Believing Women Means Believing Their Pain
The Sickening Consequence of Doubting and Dismissing Women and Girls
Finally, one of my favorite things about Roxane Gay is that she’s a prolific reader! So, if you want even MORE extended reading after Hunger, there’s no better person to turn to than the woman herself…
HERE she breaks down her 2018 in Reading and Writing. So there’s a TON of material to pore through to find your next great read. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for Part 4!