Fiction Jillian Medoff Hunger Point: A Novel

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Hunger Point: A Novel

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Food has always been a pleasure and a curse for 26-year-old Frannie and the women in her family. Sent to Weight Watchers at the age of 10, forced to listen to her mother talk incessantly about food, and to witness her sister's flirtation with eating disorders, Frannie has grown into a sarcastic, confused woman who rages against her family, society and her own body.

When her sister Shelly is hospitalized for anorexia, Frannie holes up at her parents' home on Long Island. She drifts along, unable to keep a job, find a boyfriend or get along with her parents, who have sunk deep into their own problems. Then, suddenly, Shelly kills herself, and Frannie is shocked out of her stupor and forced to look at her complicated relationships with her parents and her sister in a new way.

Heartbreakingly honest, yet full of hope and humor, Hunger Point is the story of an ordinary young woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances who, after a lifetime of self-doubt, learns how to trust and to love.

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This ambitious, ribald, and extremely honest first novel attempts to unravel the familial and social pressures that drive two sisters into a life of serious food abuse. One survives, the other doesn't. Frannie, though she does not succumb completely to anorexia, is near the breaking point, and Hunger Point takes us along on her painful and often funny emotional odyssey of rebirth, detailed with her family's embattled love and her own self-loathing. Food is not the only matter of the body that is treated brilliantly; the author's soul-baring depiction of both the miseries and pleasures of sex from a woman's point of view is unforgettable and occasionally terrifying.

About the Author:

Jillian Medoff has taught at the University of Georgia and New York University and was a writer-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Center. She lives in New York City.

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