Merr Very interesting to hear her thoughts and catch glimpses of exactly why she is struggling with her emotions and ED. Additionally, the chapters jumped from past to present without notice, which was confusing. Josie, the narrator is utterly unlikable, treats her family and hospital personnel terribly and talks about nothing but food. It hinted at past bt, yet I needed more insight and depth on the issues at hand.
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The victim is also the perpetrator, who, in an effort to gain control over a life run amok, marshals the will to at least gain dominion over the increasingly narrow sphere of the body. Magazines and sound bites tell us what we should want to look like, what we should want to eat, what we should want to achieve and own. Dysfunctional families and failed relationships wreak havoc with the image of self. Josie, a graduate student in economics, has starved herself so successfully that her parents have her institutionalized in a clinic for people with eating disorders.
This is her immediate universe throughout the novel, and she describes it in a voice that is unmercifully critical, sarcastic and ironic. Josie has sculpted, out of an unpleasant but fairly generic past, a self that she can control. Gobs of congealed grease. In between meals that serve as the battleground between patient and staff, Josie drifts in and out of flashbacks and daydreams. More discussion of these memories, and fewer descriptions of food, would help us to better understand her current condition.
Josie is relentlessly mean-spirited, so alienated that you can hardly feel sorry for her in your haste to get away from her.
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