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Milk Fed

By Melissa Broder
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder digital book - Fable

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Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Time, Esquire, BookPage, and more

This darkly hilarious and “delicious new novel that ravishes with sex and food” (The Boston Globe) from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad Today is a “precise blend of desire, discomfort, spirituality, and existential ache” (BuzzFeed).

Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. By day, she maintains an illusion of existential control, through obsessive food rituals, while working as an underling at a Los Angeles talent management agency. At night, she pedals nowhere on the elliptical machine. Rachel is content to carry on subsisting—until her therapist encourages her to take a ninety-day communication detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting.

Rachel soon meets Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who works at her favorite frozen yogurt shop and is intent upon feeding her. Rachel is suddenly and powerfully entranced by Miriam—by her sundaes and her body, her faith and her family—and as the two grow closer, Rachel embarks on a journey marked by mirrors, mysticism, mothers, milk, and honey.

“A ruthless, laugh-out-loud examination of life under the tyranny of diet culture” (Glamour) Broder tells a tale of appetites: physical hunger, sexual desire, spiritual longing, and the ways that we compartmentalize these so often interdependent instincts. Milk Fed is “riotously funny and perfectly profane” (Refinery 29) from “a wild, wicked mind” (Los Angeles Times).

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1343 Reviews

3.5
Characters change and growFunny writingRealistic settingComicalDark
“Loved the first half of this book. The eating disorder and mother/daughter relationship was so interesting to read about. The second half I was less engaged with where the story was heading. Tbh I was expecting more unhingedness based on how people talk about this book so that’s on me. Regardless, quick read.”
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Characters change and growEasy to readRealistic settingThought-provoking
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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingComing of ageUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
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Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveComicalComing of ageDarkRomantic

About Melissa Broder

Melissa Broder is the author of the novels Milk Fed, The Pisces, and Death Valley, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom. She has written for The New York TimesElle, and New York magazine’s The Cut. She lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SoSadToday and @MelissaBroder and Instagram @RealMelissaBroder.

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