Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-07-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

BOOK REVIEW Hunger by Roxane Gay
by Liz Baudler
2017-12-13

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


$25.99, Harper, 306 pages

Roxane Gay's Hunger is one of the most plainspoken books about trauma ever written. Up until this point, the celebrated writer often explores her gang rape at the age of 12 by neighborhood boys obliquely, in fiction. Rarely has she written about the event as it happened, or its consequences.

Gay felt the need to fortify herself after such a violation and, so, beginning at boarding school in her teens, she ate with abandon. Her parents were confounded, which did not make Gay alter her newfound behavior or confide in her family. At 18, Gay went to Yale, and ran away from it a year later to stay with a man she met on the internet. Rather than tell her family about her rape, Gay came out as a lesbian ( although she continued to date men ) when they pressed her to explain why she'd dropped out of school. At her heaviest, sometime in her mid 20s, she weighed 557 pounds.

Gay writes seemingly unflinchingly about how her body: that she has constant bruises from fitting in chairs with arms, that she cannot buy the pretty clothes she longs to wear and if she makes the attempt to wear them, they feel emotionally constricting. She goes into minute and excruciating detail about a consultation for gastric bypass surgery, having enough room on flights and her two-year flirtation with bulimia. But the stoicism is a mirage: you have to take Gay's words at face value, and since she chooses to leave them unadorned, overall her pain speaks louder.

There are some redeeming narrative arcs. Towards the end of her 20s, which Gay considers the worst decade of her life, she found herself focusing more firmly on writing. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she met one of the first men who treated her with respect. Her relationships start out abusive and transactional and get better. At this point in her life, Gay believes more firmly that she can do the work of tearing down the walls rather than building them up.

Gay was splintered by such a horrific event so young, and lost in various ways for so long because of it. Now, she is Roxane Gay, person of incredible talent and acclaim. But that does not inure her to living with trauma, or help her feed the various hungers that have gone unfulfilled because of it. Her ability to distill her experience in so many diverse ways is what will make Hunger a must-read for anyone struggling to sort through their life.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

BOOKS 45 years ago, talking UpStairs tragedy with Robert W. Fieseler 2018-07-18 - On June 24, 1973, an act of arson claimed the lives of 32 people at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart annual book sale July 21 2018-07-17 - Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., will hold its annual book sale Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the atrium. ...


Gay News

MCA program reads into 'Queer Narratives' 2018-07-16 - Technology and the queer community were the topics of conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago's "Queer Narratives with ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different 2018-07-16 - By Sarah McBride $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Things are never as bad as they seem. There's always a brighter ...


Gay News

National LGBT Media Association Announces 2018 Ad POP Awards 2018-07-11 - The National LGBT Media Association ( NGMA ) has announced its third annual Ad POP award winners, including Illinois Office of Tourism and ...


Gay News

WCT looking for stories from 1968 2018-07-11 - Windy City Tines plans to examine what happened precisely 50 years ago—in 1968—and is looking for stories from LGBT individuals who were in ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Genius 2018-07-10 - To begin, Genius is a crazily illustrated work of art that tells the story between two individuals who both have an unpredictable appreciation ...


Gay News

Golden Crown Literary Society Awards Include Dorothy Allison, Elana Dykewomon 2018-07-06 - LAS VEGAS, NV - On Saturday, July 7, 2018, the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ), the nation's only lesbian literary organization ...


Gay News

ESPN's Body Issue features first same-sex couple 2018-07-04 - For the first time since ESPN Magazine released its first Body Issue in 2009, the magazine will feature a same-sex couple on the ...


Gay News

BOOKS Thomas Garguilo talks 'Stonewall Revival,' partner 2018-07-03 - When Thomas Garguilo retired from a 30-year marketing career at Philip Morris, husband Ron Leone encouraged him to try new things. "He knew ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.