Roxane Gay has a knack for turning uncomfortable truths into necessary reading. The author, whose much-celebrated works, Bad Feminist (2014) and Difficult Women (2016) made her a hero for millennial feminists, has never shied away from getting personal, but her latest project, a memoir called Hunger , goes deep. Gay unflinchingly guides readers through an exploration of pain, desire, and the realities of her life as an overweight woman, following a cataclysmic early trauma back to the root, and recording the reverberations that event has had on the rest of her life. Gang raped at 12 by a band of boys led by her first crush, unwilling to tell her family what happened to her (and, in her belief, shatter their perception of her as a "good girl"), Gay used food as a coping mechanism as she sought the protection of a body she believed to be both removed from male desire and strong enough to fight back, a wish that ultimately proved destructive. A prolific essayist and cultural critic, Gay has tackled subjects both lighthearted and grave before. Unpacking the allure of Beyoncé as nimbly as she creates fantasy-tinged short stories, poems, and the adventures of elite female […]

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