Friday November 22, 2019

The caged bird sings in Gay’s touching true-life tale

MEMOIR: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, By Roxane Gay, Harper Collins, €19.60 (available August 8)

16th July, 2017

Roxane Gay: a powerful memoir Pic: Jay Grabiec

At what point does scalding confessionalism become an act of bravery? It’s a label that writer, academic and public intellectual Roxane Gay struggles with.

“I don’t think of myself as brave and I don’t think of myself as inspiring,” Gay told Rolling Stone recently. “I think the bar for bravery should be higher than she wrote some things.”

And yet. Gay wrote some things –...

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