“[An] unusually honest, painfully funny novel about a tight-knit family’s struggle.” —Entertainment Weekly
"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, and her grandfather wants to plan her wedding (even though she has no fiancé, let alone a steady boyfriend).
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," whom critics have called "the most fully realized character to come along in years," (Paper) nor will you forget Hunger Point, an utterly original novel that stuns with its amazing insights and dazzles with its fresh, distinctive voice.
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. After a lengthy medical treatment, Shelly commits suicide, leaving Frannie to search for the reason why. Struggling to give her life direction, Frannie sinks into a depression much like Shelly's, lashing out at family and friends, mimicking her sister's self-destructive habits. Eventually, she manages to accept her family's dysfunctionality and to move on. That resolution is too long in coming, but believable characters (especially Frannie's loving grandfather and her egotistical friend Abby) enliven the narrative considerably. And while Frannie's cynical bravado and wry humor fail to mitigate fully her titanic self-absorption, she remains a basically appealing character whose story is engaging. $40,000 ad/promo; simultaneous Harper audio; foreign rights sold in France; U.K. and translation rights: Alice Martell; first serial rights: HarperCollins; dramatic rights: ReganBooks.