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I will die for this book. As expected, I was absolutely blown away by Melissa Broder's ability to write a perfect novel After adoring THE PISCES a few years ago, I have been itching to readfrom her, and MILK FED 100% did not disappoint This book is a sexually explicit and tender lesbian romance that is also completely wild and hard to put into words Rachel, the main character, is a young stand up comic in LA who is battling a lifelong eating disorder which started via her mother has a child As her world begins to open up on her own, and falling in love is coupled with learning how to love food again, the quiet story blossoms into a novel about desire, hunger, and motherhood in beautifully unexpected ways Broder is clearly one of my favorite authors now, and this book is not to be missed when it comes out in February 2021 Her writing is so easy to digest, but also nuanced and complicated; surreal and otherworldly Her characters are heartbreakingly sad and, at the same time, heroic in their own small lives This book also has an interesting throughline about Judaism which I found super compelling and unique I can't wait forandfrom Broder, just like her characters craveandfrom life. Be prepared to read this book with snacks on hand The amount of food descriptions in here are abundant and it made me so hungry.￼￼There’s a scene in the book where she’s literally thinking about making out with some frozen yogurt and it was so hilarious and honestly kind of relatable It sounded really delicious! 😂￼This story is not as bizarre or farfetched as the Pisces, but it’s still maintains its rawness and cynicism The best part about Melissa Broder’s writing is the honesty She doesn’t hold back Her characters are unabashedly themselves and very descriptive.I could relate to having grown up with family who unfortunately talks about weight often And would tell me to suck in my stomach or not eat too much etc it wasn’t healthy and it led to a lot of body dysmorphia through my adolescence and I can see where our main character is coming from Trying to take control of some part of her life through counting calories I loved her unraveling though and eventual healing Her therapist helping her through it Family could really fuck us up sometimes.Also, can I just say how absolutely refreshing it is to just have queer main characters She’ll talk about finding a man attractive and then noticing how beautifully pink woman’s lips are and it just wasn’t a big deal It’s just who she is.￼ And I loved every moment of it!￼￼￼I was a bit melancholy at the end there Life happens and goes on for everybody Not a happy ending, not a sad one, just real and content.Thank you Edelweiss and Scribner for allowing me to read this beautiful book! Uneven, explicit, sometimes very funny story of an agnostic but culturally Jewish talent manager/parttime comedian with an eating disorder and mommy issues who gains weight and redemption through a brief samesex affair with the plump, Orthodox attendant in her favorite frozen yogurt shop If that summary was a lot to absorb, this may not be the right book for you On the other hand, maybe you read that summary and thought: Terrific! The , the merrier! Could the author add an explicitly described fling with a hunky TV star? What about vapid and backstabbing coworkers? How about pages of psychobabble, not all from a psychologist? Hebrew? A literal and figurative golem? Faux political correctness? Debates about the Gaza strip? Clinically detailed descriptions of everything and everyone the main character ate? Could the author add that, too? If you had the second reaction, then you are in luck This book offers all of that andI had the first reaction just too much going on for effective development Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I plan to do a full in depth review soon but i just quickly want to pop on and say that this book is PHENOMENAL Broder’s prose is so specific and vivid and sensual and REAL I loved the elements of religion (Judaism), Sexuality, eating disorders (all own voices) as they crashed into each other it’s an erotic book but it’s also a literary masterpiece Broder sometimes talks about some uncomfortable topics but she does so with grace and experience i want to read this again for the first time. Ok I’m the first person to review this for GR Must do the book justice First thing first, checking the official description, just so I know what can and cannot be discussed without giving away any of the plot, but the official description is surprisingly bare bones So I can pretty much talk about whatever I want here beyond the basic food, Jews and lesbians Alrighty then So meet the protagonist…a 24 year old East Coast transplant to LA, working in the business management end of the entertainment industry and obsessively counting calories In fact, Rachel’s entire existence is strictly governed by her relationship with food which stems from her relationship with her mother Both relationships are terrible Actually, there are layers of terribleness to Rachel’s mother, from overbearing to controlling to image distorting to guilt riding to emotional manipulation It’s no surprise that Rachel’s therapist is determined to get Rachel to take some time off, a sort of mother detox So that now it’s just work, calorie counting and exhaustive daily gym sessions all to maintain a sort of self image Rachel has created for herself And while I’m a huge fan of self control the way she does it is all wrong She exercises too much, her diet is terrible, primarily nicotine supplements, power bars and froyo and muffin tops But then again it’s muchthan just a control thing with Rachel, it’s a serious mental problem and it’s consuming her life The things she can’t consume consume her And so when he meets Miriam, a young woman who has apparently never said no to a meal and takes great joy in feeding herself and others, it’s a temptation impossible to resist Seriously, it goes like this…Rachel walks into her favorite froyo shop, there’s a new server, a very heavy positively doughy blonde who insists on overpouring and sprinkles and Rachel’s all like…girl, you got that yummy yum…and no, ok, no, it doesn’t get all cute and romantic It’s challenging But Rachel rediscovers food and that’s pretty glorious, she starts binging of junk, gaining weight and confidence and gettinganddrawn to Miriam and her pretty Orthodox family And yes, religion comes into this in a huge way Because Rachel is a lapsed Jew and Miriam a practicing one and…well, It’s always so striking how a historically oppressed minority can be so comfortable with dismissing other minorities Which is to say, Miriam’s family is exciting and welcoming and warm exactly until they think Rachel is exactly like them, albeit a less enthusiastic practitioner And they have pretty strict opinions on how their daughter should live her life too And why didn’t anyone watch or read Disobedience? Don’t you know how these things work? Rachel you’d think would have at least checked out the movie Not Miriam, Miriam lives in a dreamworld of classic cinema But anyway, the two young women do tentatively engage in something like a love affair, excitingly clandestine and heavily punctuated by food In a way, Miriam islike a plot device to help Rachel grow as a person (and not just in dress size buhdum dum…sorry) And I suppose there is a world where Rachel would have met a nice available lady with a moderate diet and good exercise regimen who might have offered her some third person perspective on her lunatic of a mother, but then again…where would be the drama in that This way there’s plenty of drama And sex So much sex I read a diverse selection of at least a book a day and can’t remember last time I read a novel featuring so much graphic sex It works and it does drive the plot, but because the book goes for a very realistic tone, it isn’t the sexiest of sexes either, plus one of the people is obese and the adoration of sweaty fat folds…well, it isn’t for everyone But having said all that, this was a good read Compelling, interesting, very hip, very contemporary, very well written Your level of engagement with the characters may vary depending on so many factors, but you will engage with the narrative itself It read very quickly It makes you think…about social and familial pressures, female presentation, etc There was something about the disenchanted theatre artist who goes to the corporate side of artist management and has a weight obsessed lunatic of a mother rang some bells Though thank goodness none of it is anywhere near the novel’s proportions Oh fiction, how close to life you skate At any rate, this review is much too long as it is and I can only hope it intrigues the readers and invites the to check out the book for themselves It’s worth a read, though it may not always live up to its terrific, terrifically appropriate cover/title appeal Recommended Thanks Netgalley. “Milk Fed is a novel of appetites; a luscious, heartbreaking story of selfdiscovery through the relentless pursuit of desire I couldn’t get enough of this devastating and extremely sexy book” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House A scathingly funny, wildly erotic, and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex, and god from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad TodayRachel is twentyfour, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion By day, she maintains an illusion of existential control, by way of 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 ninetyday communication detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting Early in the detox, Rachel 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 Pairing superlative emotional insight with unabashed vivid fantasy, Broder tells a tale of appetites: physical hunger, sexual desire, spiritual longing, and the ways that we as humans can compartmentalize these so often interdependent instincts Milk Fed is a tender and riotously funny meditation on love, certitude, and the question of what we are all being fed, from one of our major writers on the psyche—both sacred and profane Melissa Broder's novels live somewhere in between contemporary literary fiction and guilty pleasure reading, if you believe in that sort of thing I don't know if this one works as well for me as The Pisces, but, like its predecessor, it had me laughing out loud and occasionally marveling at her frank depictions of sexuality 3.5 starsI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to SimonSchuster for an early glimpse of one of my favorite author's newest hit!Melissa Broder does it again with MILK FED, a deliciously complex and shocking hallucination, about the retrograde of human will under the duress of hunger (in the literal and metaphoric sense) Similar to her gorgeous debut novel, THE PISCES, Broder writes with razoredged brashness She is uncompromising with detail and pushes her readers to the edge of comfort with boldness and style It's as smutty as it is poetic; her command over the sights, smells and sounds of the human body (and beyondin the case of THE PISCES) is otherworldly and deliriously raw I love that she is so boldly unapologetic Rachel's untamed youth echoes Raven Leilani's Edie (from the fabulous 2020 debut LUSTER) in lack of impulse control or respect of boundary, with a lick of Tony Kushner's classic wry Judaic musing Unsurprisingly, there is so much going on here, it weighs on you like an endless multicourse Kosher Chinese feast I can't stop thinking about Rachel as our narrator Is she trustworthy? Towards the beginning of the novel, she cuts the cord of so many of her known reliable structures, from her diet to therapy to communication with her mother In an attempt to come of age, she abandons regiment to relinquish herself to a greater being in faith, love, and self acceptance Throughout the novel, there's strong tension in her failure to let go, give in and trust Sex, as a metaphor of power dynamic, is used brilliantly, particularly as it relates to Rachel's physical being v gender expression I was absolutely thrilled by everything going on in MILK FED It is deceptively baroque despite its straightforwardness Its richness will sit with me for awhile, begging the question, did I get it? and I am so beyond okay with that Its art is in its familiarity, yet powerful, bizarre POV. Melissa Broder does it again with MILK FED, a deliciously complex and shocking hallucination, about the retrograde of human will under the duress of hunger (in the literal and metaphoric sense) Similar to her gorgeous debut novel, THE PISCES, Broder writes with razoredged brashness She is uncompromising with detail and pushes her readers to the edge of comfort with boldness and style It's as smutty as it is poetic; her command over the sights, smells and sounds of the human body (and beyondin the case of THE PISCES) is otherworldly and deliriously raw I love that she is so boldly unapologetic Rachel's untamed youth echoes Raven Leilani's Edie (from the fabulous 2020 debut LUSTER) in lack of impulse control or respect of boundary, with a lick of Tony Kushner's classic wry Judaic musing Unsurprisingly, there is so much going on here, it weighs on you like an endless multicourse Kosher Chinese feast I can't stop thinking about Rachel as our narrator Is she trustworthy? Towards the beginning of the novel, she cuts the cord of so many of her known reliable structures, from her diet to therapy to communication with her mother In an attempt to come of age, she abandons regiment to relinquish herself to a greater being in faith, love, and self acceptance Throughout the novel, there's strong tension in her failure to let go, give in and trust Sex, as a metaphor of power dynamic, is used brilliantly, particularly as it relates to Rachel's physical being v gender expression I was absolutely thrilled by everything going on in MILK FED It is deceptively baroque despite its straightforwardness Its richness will sit with me for awhile, begging the question, did I get it? and I am so beyond okay with that Its art is in its familiarity, yet powerful, bizarre POV.