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Janey Fabre suspects that she isn't quite normal. After all, she's stalked her ex-boyfriend for two years and is tormented with a painful past. But when she joins a support group that consists of female patients, she is comforted with the fact that there are far more neurotic New York women out there. The women in the group are all middle-aged single women. There's Suzanna -- a.k.a., the Dream Weaver -- a woman in love with her dog; Laura, a one-night stand enthusiast; Bethany, a forty-year-old divorcee who now lives with her mother. And there are the neurotics-bordering-to-insanity -- like Ivy, a sexy southerner who thinks that getting plastic surgery is like brushing her teeth; Valentine, an attractive overweight woman who overeats when she's anxious; and Natasha, who is preoccupied with contamination and diseases. Each of one of these ladies supplies laugh-out-loud situations.
Despite the dark language in the novel, Good Girls Gone Bad is a tale of friendship and sisterhood. The women, namely the protagonist, face events that change their lives. I loved this novel and I look forward to reading more books by this talented author.
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Frannie Hunter, unable to sustain a job and an apartment of her own, moves back with her parents. As she tries to get her life in order, she witnesses her sister's battle with Anorexia, her mother's two-timing behavior, and her father's career woes. As a former anorexic, I can relate to the hardships the protagonist and the other characters go through.
The subject matters that Medoff addresses in Hunger Point -- eating disorders, depression, grief, etc. -- are mixed with poignancy and humor. Medoff is as witty as she is insightful. I laughed out loud in many occasions. Her work is similar to Anna Maxtet's; however, Jillian Medoff has a particular brand of comic timing and keen storytelling all her own. She is one of the best new authors out there and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
The modern family portrayed in HUNGER POINT is both charming and a little disturbing. Jillian Medoff weaves a silken web of sadness, hope, occasional laugh-out-loud moments, real-life emotion and startling clarity in this brilliant novel. Readers will be spellbound as they watch this family try to pull themselves together and move on. Franny slowly goes through the many stages of mourning for her sister, sometimes appearing to take one step forward and three steps back.
There are some tough subjects addressed in the novel, and they are all handled admirably and skillfully by the author, and they are portrayed realistically. You will not find the sugarcoating of anything in this book; everything is honestly told, almost painfully so.
HUNGER POINT is a stunning portrayal of one modern family's struggle to beat the odds of society and life, and one girl's plight to recover from her sister's tragic death. A fantastic debut novel. Highly recommended!