Get your notebooks out!
If you’ve ever felt like writing a memoir, model it after Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger. It is the perfect memoir.
It’s my new favorite for sure.
It is brilliant for the following reasons:
It focuses on a theme. It’s not let’s tell everything, including the history of my ancestors. I hate memoirs/biographies that start out with my parents/grandparents were these people, from wherever. Hate it. Instead, she focuses on events relating to her body.
It’s a feminist work. Stating the obvious. Wouldn’t be brilliant if it wasn’t feminist.
It discusses ideas, connects it to her life and society in general. While I am very fond of learning details of people’s life just for the fun of it, this is just slightly more interesting.
The best ending ever. On par with Dirty Weekend. I’d fear Roxane if I were you. I love this lady.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a difficult read. Because it shows what a horrible world we live in. The beginning of the book especially is quite difficult to get through. I had to take it at bit at a time. But it’s oh so good. Is it too soon for a reread?