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Cures for Hunger: A Memoir Paperback – 24 October 2017

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"You haven't read a story like this one, even if your father was the kind of magnificent scoundrel you only find in Russian novels. Béchard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story. Just because the end is clear doesn't mean the bets are off."--Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

"Béchard writes that prison taught his father 'the nature of the self, the way it can be shaped and hardened.' As in a great novel, this darkly comic and lyrical memoir demonstrates the shaping of its author, who suffers the wreckage of his father's life, yet manages to salvage all the beauty of its desperate freedoms. Béchard's poetic gifts give voice to the outsiders of society, and make them glow with humanity and love."--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

"Béchard has created a moving story of rootlessness, rebellion, lost love, criminal daring, regret, and restless searching. Driven above all by the need to grasp his father's secrets, he has written his narrative in skillful, resonant prose graced with a subtle tone of obsession and longing."--Leonard Gardner, author of Fat City

"This powerful and haunting memoir is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled to uncover their identity within the shadow of a parent. Written in exquisitely sharp prose, Béchard combs through his attempt to understand his father's mysterious existence with inspiring precision. This book is huge and achingly true."--Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

"A coming of age story with rare and loving insights into the vulnerable hearts of men and boys--and the women that help shape them."--Huffington Post

"Cures for Hunger is a poignant adventure story with a mystery. . . . But it is also, perhaps even more so, the story of an artist coming of age. Readers will be reminded of James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Béchard's sad and moving memoir is all about secrets and regret and, ultimately, finding peace."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A poignant but rigorously unsentimental account of hard-won maturity."--Kirkus

"A coming-of-age story of lost innocence, violence, and tenderness by a writer obsessed with the man who influenced him the most but was there the least."--Booklist

"Béchard's story is one of personal discovery, and a teasing out of the function of memory: what it keeps, what it loses, and what it saves."--Publishers Weekly

"Cures for Hunger is flush with tenderness. . . . Much more than a memoir of youthful misadventure, though it contains plenty of that. It's also an exploration of the oppression of lineage, of familial duty, wanderlust, and perennial dissatisfaction, and the most American theme of them all: personal reinvention."--Iowa Review

About the Author

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of the novels Into the Sun and Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book; Of Bonobos and Men, winner of the 2015 Nautilus Book Award for investigative journalism; and Cures for Hunger. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the LA Times, Salon, , and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from India, Iraq, Colombia, Rwanda, the Congo, and Afghanistan. He lives in New York.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Milkweed Editions; Reprint edition (24 October 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1571313427
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1571313423
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
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