A Certain Hunger

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Unnamed Press
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Chelsea G. Summers is a freelance writer whose work focuses on sex, politics, tech, fashion and culture. She is a former academic and professor with Ph.D. training in eighteenth-century British literature, a discipline that has proven to be shockingly useful when writing about contemporary culture. She was a columnist for the now defunct ADULT magazine, has a piece upcoming in Roxane Gay's Medium series, and her work has appeared in VICE, Fusion, Hazlitt, The New Republic, Racked, and The Guardian. She splits her time between New York and Stockholm, Sweden, and can be found on twitter @chelseagsummers. This is her first novel.
"Chelsea G. Summers' A Certain Hunger reads like a dark, delirious feminist fairy tale. Mordantly funny and lushly baroque, it's American Psycho as rewritten by Angela Carter. Irresistible." --Megan Abbott, bestselling author of You Will Know Me and Dare Me
"A Certain Hunger is a masterful satire as brilliant as it is deviant. Such a unique work: philosophical, poetic, and all while being funny as hell. Chelsea G. Summers is a damn good writer." --Mat Johnson, bestselling author of Loving Day and Pym
"Fiendishly entertaining... Summers's shocking and darkly funny novel reads like a feminist-horror version of American Psycho." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Riotously funny and deliriously unhinged, Chelsea G. Summers's A Certain Hunger is the perfect send-up of foodie culture, media, and serial killers-as-sex objects. Patrick Bateman and Hannibal Lecter have nothing on Dorothy Daniels, a 51-year-old food critic, who has an appetite for food and life, sure, but also for killing men... an altogether delicious, deranged read." --Refinery29
"A Certain Hunger is as hot and mean and ruthless as its heroine. Summers' novel is a lush banquet of sensory delights, but just under the surface, there's a slick, hard, unassailable core of female rage. This is the monster I didn't know I wanted." --Jude Ellison Sady Doyle, author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power
"Dazzling and gruesome, Chelsea G. Summers has written a gripping tour de force about female friendship, haute cuisine, and how to filet a man and serve him with fine Italian wine. I could not put it down." --Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
"I devoured Chelsea G. Summers's witty, sinister debut in an absolute delirium of pleasure. The murderous recollections of food critic Dorothy Daniels, who only eats the ones she loves, are louche, bawdy, and gorgeously depraved, whether she's teaching us how to mix the perfect cocktail or butcher a human body. By turns filthy and philosophical, Summers' riveting prose tempts us on every page... A Certain Hunger stands alone as an unapologetic paean to female desire that begs to be savored with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." --Amy Gentry, bestselling author of Good as Gone and Last Woman Standing
"Unabashedly and full-heartedly living out her id, Dorothy balances her most revolting qualities with a caustic wit, a kind of wink and a nod to readers when things get ghastly that it's all in good fun. After all, she argues, 'Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.' Move aside, Bret Easton Ellis." --Kirkus Reviews
"A Certain Hunger is a hearty novel that, despite its graphic themes of murder, flesh eating, sex, and the dessert menu, is also quite funny. With direct jabs at toxic masculinity and razor-sharp awareness of feminist tropes, Chelsea G. Summers's novel is a slasher-sexy, rich satire." --Foreword Reviews
"You won't soon forget Dorothy or her delicious insights, but fair warning: This book might turn you into a vegetarian, if you aren't already. (Though as Dorothy herself acknowledges, 'It's surprisingly easy to overcome moral qualms, if you give in to the appetite.')" --Library Journal, Starred Review
"In this magnetic and satirical debut, Chelsea G. Summers gives us a different kind of food narrative. Dorothy Daniels is a food critic, master cook, and lover of sex. She's passionate about everything she does. Including, unfortunately, murder. This one isn't for the squeamish, as cannibalism is involved, but it is a fairytale-like romp with feminist themes, so if you're looking for a horror-ish yarn that also involves some great food scenes (and not just the human flesh kind), keep an eye out for this one - perfect for those dark winter afternoons." --Shondaland
"A Certain Hunger is a swaggering, audacious debut, and a celebration of all the wet, hot pleasures of human contact." --The New Republic
"For those who can stomach it, A Certain Hunger, by Chelsea G. Summers is a macabre banquet of a suspense novel serving up carnal and gustatory surprises...Dorothy speaks like Humbert Humbert and behaves like Hannibal Lecter."--Maureen Corrigan (of NPR's Fresh Air) in the Washington Post
"Food and murder and a female psychopath! These are all things I like and need to have on my bookshelf."--Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of the Fall
"This book is crazy. You have to read it."--Bon Appetit Magazine
"A dark, provocative, and wholly incomparable account of sex, food, and other indulgences, marred by just one regret: getting caught."--BuzzFeed's Best Books of 2020
"A comic novel, a horror novel, a feminist novel and a moral novel of a kind, A Certain Hunger will sate yours -- at least for entertainment."--Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times