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

The caged bird sings in Gay’s touching true-life tale
Roxane Gay: a powerful memoir Pic: Jay Grabiec

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

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 – what she has called the hardest thing...

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