Hunger Point by Jillian Medoff
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"My parents may love me, but I also know they view me as a houseguest who is turning a weekend stay into an all-expense-paid, lifelong residency, and who (to their horror) constantly forgets to flush the toilet and shut off the lights."

Twenty-six-year-old Frannie Hunter has just moved back home. Bright, wry, blunt, and irreverent, she invites you to witness her family's unraveling. Her Harvard-bound sister is anorexic, her mother is having an affair, her father is obsessed with the Food Network, her grandfather wants to plan her wedding (even though she has no fiancé, let alone a steady boyfriend), and, to top it off, Frannie is a waitress who wears a dirty duck apron and serves plates of fried cheese to her ex-boyfriend's parents.

By turns wickedly funny and heartbreakingly bittersweet, Hunger Point chronicles Frannie's triumph over her own self-destructive tendencies, and offers a powerful exploration of the complex relationships that bind together a contemporary American family. You will never forget Frannie, a "sultry, suburban Holden Caulfield," who critics have called "the most fully realized character to come along in years," (Paper) and you'll never forget Hunger Point, an utterly original novel that stuns with its amazing insights and dazzles with its fresh, distinctive voice.

 

About Jillian Medoff

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Jillian Medoff attended Barnard College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. A former fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Jillian has taught at NYU and the University of Georgia.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 388 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Shelly checks herself into a hospital, Frannie realizes that her own behavior, self-destructive through alternative means (sleeping with a series of ``Rat Boys,'' for instance), is not so different from her sister's desire to erase herself.

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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 obsessions with food and body image.

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Frannie, Jillian Medoff's 26-year-old New York heroine, knows she's a screwed-up mess.

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In this affecting first novel, Medoff captures the angst of female gen Xers as manifested in eating disorders, random sexual encounters and a vague sense of hopelessness.

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