Reviews: Hunger Point
[A] wonderfully obsessive novel. The wise-cracking heroine of Jillian Medoff's bitterly funny Hunger Point deals with her dysfunctional universe by gorging herself on sex.
New York Times
The novel is Frannie's semi-picaresque odyssey from self-loathing to self-acceptance and sanity (and) is as recklessly candid as perhaps only a first novel can be.
In this affecting first novel, Medoff confronts the terrors of anorexia and other modern ills with empthy and understanding...A dollop of humor makes her sweet, sad meditation on craving love easier to swallow.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Jillian Medoff writes with bone-scraping clarity, pitiless insight and vast, almost shameless, humor...It's not just a novel about anorexia, it's about families: the terrible things they do to one another, the lengths they go to save one another.
Unusually honest, painfully funny novel about a tight-knit family's struggle.
Gregory Maguire, Wicked and Son of a Witch
I devoured Hunger Point. I read it compulsively, savoring the bittersweet story of a young woman navigating a most perilous stretch. The story of Frannie’s survival is an edgy, contemporary bildungsroman. Hunger Point should be shrink-wrapped with the latest diet gospels as a necessary corrective.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
In her seamless first novel, Jillian Medoff explores the relationship of women to food, sex, men, and each other...Frannie's voice is bright, wry, vulgar, and brilliantly contemporary...The novel succeeds in working through dark, profound topics in a tone that is surprisingly entertaining...With humor, Frannie wards off the evils of pop psychology and self-pity that so often mar similar novels. Her personal grace, strength and warmth embody the power and ultimate success of Hunger Point.
Frannie Hunter [is] the humorous, hopeful narrator of Hunger Point...Medoff's successful debut chronicles both the struggles and the ultimate triumph of a heroine who must graduate from cracking wise to actually attaining wisdom.
Hunger Point delivers one of the most fully realized narrators to come along in years--a sultry, suburban Holden Caulfield. It also details, in sections alternately hilarious and harrowing, the turbulent relationships women forge with their own bodies. It's subject matter that every man who cares about women should study.
At once heartbreaking and funny, a debut novel on death and renewal that is strong and honest... Medoff displays an unwavering honesty in capturing the silent fears, thoughts, and secret confidences of women, and a real talent for making those truths not morosely tragic but simply human and funny…an exuberant meditation on life, family, and the hard-won satisfactions of personal change.
New York Post
In Medoff's memorable first novel, narrator Frannie, a directionless 26-year-old who has just moved back into her parents' Long Island home, must cope with her younger, more ambitious sister Shelly's hospitalization for anorexia, as well as with her own body image.
Uproariously funny...raw-boned...promising and revealing and tailor-made for readers fighting memories of...stolen self-esteem.
Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
A novel that is so powerful, painful and shocking that the memory of her message will last much longer than it would in a non-fiction format. Frannie is a remarkable feat of writing skills... The book isn’t preachy, it's an entertaining story. There's humor without comedy; there is sadness without pathos. So the messages come across without effort.
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