From the writer who coined the term “bad feminist” comes a searing, heartbreaking and courageous new memoir. Roxane Gay has always been a prolific and distinguished writer in the journalism and publishing circle, but it is her thought-provoking article about the popularity of The Hunger Games and the shocking revelation of her childhood trauma that propels her into the mainstream limelight. Devoted fan of the popular culture critic have waited for so long to hear more from the author, and Roxane did not disappoint with her beautifully written first memoir.
Hunger is many book all at once: for one, it a memoir that traces Roxane’s growth from her childhood born into an immigrant family into becoming one of the most prolific author in America. But the bulk of the memoir talks about the traumatic violence she had to go through at the hand of a boy she trusted and his friends, and how the repercussions of such violence stamped an indelible mark on her body and in her relationships with other people. Roxane does not sensationalize the incident, but she does not downplay the trauma from it either.
Roxane’s talent as a writer shines especially when she talks about the horror, despair and depression she had to through, and in doing so she gave a voice to many victims of sexual violence who had to go through their lives as usual while carrying a huge burden and scar that can never fade with time. However, we can see the great strength of her spirit within the lines and it is not hard to see why Roxane is one of the most admired voices of her generation.
– Review by Huda
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