A Certain Hunger

by Summers, Chelsea G.

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Food critic Dorothy Daniels loves what she does. Discerning, meticulous, and very, very smart, Dorothy's clear mastery of the culinary arts make it likely that she could, on any given night, whip up a more inspired dish than any one of the chefs she writes about. Dorothy loves sex as much as she loves food, and while she has struggled to find a long-term partner that can keep up with her, she makes the best of her single life, frequently traveling from Manhattan to Italy for a taste of both. But there is something within Dorothy that's different from everyone else, and having suppressed it long enough, she starts to embrace what makes Dorothy uniquely, terrifyingly herself. Recounting her life from a seemingly idyllic farm-to-table childhood, the heights of her career, to the moment she plunges an ice pick into a man's neck on Fire Island, Dorothy Daniels show us what happens when a woman finally embraces her superiority. A satire of early foodieism, a critique of how gender is defined, and a showcase of virtuoso storytelling, Chelsea G. Summers' A Certain Hunger introduces us to the food world's most charming psychopath and an exciting new voice in fiction.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Summers debuts with the fiendishly entertaining account of the rise and fall of Dorothy Daniels, a successful food writer and convicted murderer. Narrator Daniels chronicles her love of food, men, and the development of a cannibalistic urge that earns her the names "MILF Killer" and "Butcher Food Critic" in the tabloids. Written from prison, Daniels's story gradually unfolds in flashbacks as she acknowledges she has both "intimidating intelligence" and "a dearth of conscience," and that her "fondness for gratification" brought on her downfall. Watching the hypocrisy of her parents' supposedly perfect Connecticut domestic bliss, Daniels learns early on that "femininity was junk" and traditional roles of wife and mother are not for her. After college in the 1980s, she moves to Boston and writes for the Boston Phoenix. She soon leaves for New York City, where she launches a successful career writing for lifestyle magazines. Her work brings her to Italy, where she takes on a series of lovers and, after accidentally killing one with her Fiat, decides to cook his liver. The result: "delectable." Daniels proudly bears her traits as a diagnosed psychopath in the first chapter, a review of a Corpse Reviver #2 cocktail that segues into rhapsody for an ill-fated lover. Despite Daniels's crimes, she is a consistently appealing companion. With graphic sex and violence, Summers's shocking and darkly funny novel reads like a feminist-horror version of American Psycho. (Dec.)"
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Subjects Literature
Publisher The Unnamed Press2020
Language English
ISBN 9781951213152