Eat Only When You're Hungry (Hardcover)

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Lindsay Hunter's sophomore novel is a compulsively readable anti-hero's journey, populated with haunted characters who move through the book's landscape with aches and desires I found contagious.

It is a gift to make the reader not only sympathize with an unsavory protagonist but feel as though they have befriended him as well.

— From Wesley


A father searches for his addict son while grappling with his own choices as a parent (and as a user of sorts)

In Lindsay Hunter's achingly funny, fiercely honest second novel, Eat Only When You re Hungry, we meet Greg an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of Greg Junior, GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. GJ's been an addict his whole adult life, disappearing for days at a time, but for some reason this absence feels different, and Greg has convinced himself that he's the only one who can find his son. So he rents an RV and drives from his home in West Virginia to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the last place GJ was seen. As we travel down the streets of the bizarroland that is Florida, the urgency to find GJ slowly recedes into the background, and the truths about Greg's mistakes as a father, a husband, a man are uncovered.

In Eat Only When You re Hungry, Hunter elicits complex sympathy for her characters, asking the reader to take a closer look at the way we think about addiction why we demonize the junkie but turn a blind eye to drinking a little too much or eating too much and the fallout of failing ourselves.

About the Author

Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's and the novel Ugly Girls. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her husband, sons, and dogs.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374146153
ISBN-10: 0374146152
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English