The Art of Starving

By Sam J. Miller
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8.33 Hours 07/11/2017 unabridged
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Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away. Matt’s mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have … powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe? Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger … and he isn’t in control of all of them. A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with anyone who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.

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Summary

Summary

Matt hasn’t eaten in days.

His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt’s mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have … powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger … and he isn’t in control of all of them.

A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with anyone who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully rendered. This novel will break your heart and heal it again. I found myself leaning forward as I read it, barely aware of myself turning pages.” Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor–winning author
“An extraordinarily vital and necessary book…The overall message of devotion and self-acceptance is beautifully told. RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Matt is a master at suppressing his urges, but there is nothing romantic about debut novelist Miller’s portrayal of anorexia…discussion of Matt’s future is brutally honest. As Matt’s body deteriorates and his ‘powers’ reach new levels, readers must decide for themselves what is and isn’t real.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery…A dark and lovely tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Miller’s heartfelt debut novel tackles difficult subjects with a bold mix of magical realism, tender empathy, and candor. ” Booklist (starred review)
“A compellingly narrated magical realism exploration of eating disorders, isolation, and desire.” School Library Journal
Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless, and powerful, The Art of Starving is a classic in the making. Book Riot

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Author

Author Bio: Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller lives in New York City now, but grew up in a middle-of-nowhere town in upstate New York. He is the last in a long line of butchers. In no particular order, he has also been a film critic, a grocery bagger, a secretary, a painter’s assistant and model, and the guitarist in a punk rock band. His fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award, was long-listed for the Hugo Award, and has won the Shirley Jackson Award. He’s a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. His husband of fifteen years is a nurse practitioner, and way smarter and handsomer than Sam is.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Edition: English