Eat Only When You're Hungry by Lindsay Hunter

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In Lindsay Hunter’s achingly funny, fiercely honest second novel, Eat Only When You’re Hungry, we meet Greg—an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of Greg Junior, GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. GJ’s been an addict his whole adult life, disappearing for days at a time, but for some reason this absence feels different, and Greg has convinced himself that he’s the only one who can find his son. So he rents an RV and drives from his home in West Virginia to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the last place GJ was seen. As we travel down the streets of the bizarroland that is Florida, the urgency to find GJ slowly recedes into the background, and the truths about Greg’s mistakes—as a father, a husband, a man—are uncovered.

In Eat Only When You’re Hungry, Hunter elicits complex sympathy for her characters, asking the reader to take a closer look at the way we think about addiction—why we demonize the junkie but turn a blind eye to drinking a little too much or eating too much—and the fallout of failing ourselves.

Title : Eat Only When You're Hungry
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ISBN : 0374146152
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 209 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

The frailties of the human body and the human heart are laid bare in Lindsay Hunter’s utterly superb novel Eat Only When You’re Hungry. There is real delicacy, tenderness, and intelligence with which Hunter tackles this portrait of a broken family of people who don’t realize just how broken they...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

After positive reviews and a nod from Roxane Gay, and being one of the Book of the Month picks, my Newest Literary Fiction group declared this as a buddy read for September. It's the first book I grabbed for the month. Most of the time, the unlikeable, older characters with disappointing lives are...

JanB rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 09, 2017

2.5 stars The blurb calls this book achingly funny and as I read I kept waiting to laugh or chuckle. Nope. Then I waited to be amused, or maybe even read something that put a smile on my face. But nope, not even one tiny little bit. I really don't get the reviews that call this book funny. Greg, a...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

August 08, 2017

This is a short novel that somehow feels very long. Fifty-eight year old Greg—obese, listless, depressed—decides to rent an RV so that he can try to find his missing addict son GJ. For the entire novel we're pretty much in Greg's head. I typically love unlikable characters and I wish I could put...

Tammy rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2017

Smart + creative writing, loved that. I enjoyed the way Hunter was able to manipulate + layer all her character's individual personal dysfunction. Each character was very real and unique in their own distorted way. So much so, I was silently cheering GJ on to stay missing.. sounds terrible I know!...

Vincent rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

Updated: Here's my review for LARB: FUCK. YES. to every line of this perfect novel.

Kate rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2017

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review purposes - all opinions are my own. I read fiction for many reasons, the three main ones being entertainment, education and emotion - the 3 Es for me. I have decided to rate this book based on these because I...

Amanda rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this touching and often funny story of an aging father on the road to find his addict son that has gone missing.

Ethel rated it ★★★★★

November 28, 2017

I'm gobsmacked this novel isn't being heralded more. Lindsay Hunter's prose is gorgeous and brilliant, and there's incredible skill shown throughout this tight, moving read. Yes, Greg is frustratingly passive and, yes, he fails over and over again and, yes, his world is often brutal, but he's a be...

Thekelburrows rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 22, 2017

I wish an extensive and painful root canal onto every single character in this novel.

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