Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm

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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
EMMELINE CLEIN's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, The Nation, Smithsonian, Berlin Quarterly, VICE, BuzzFeed, Catapult and Antigravity, among other publications. Her chapbook Toxic was published by Choo Choo Press in 2022. She received her MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts; she lives in New York.
"Dead Weight is a lyrical and scrupulously researched portrait of disordered eating in its many manifestations, which is also, of course, a portrait of this country's disordered relationship to women's bodies. An authoritative, generous, and persuasive debut that I wish I could go back in time and gift to my teenage self."
--Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

"Dead Weight by Emmeline Clein is one of the smartest, most well-reported books I've ever read on the root causes of our culture's disordered eating . . . Fascinating and insightful."
--Katie Couric

"This book is a bomb, made of all of the fury and intensity of any girl who wonders what exactly they are hungering for. Emmeline Clein, everybody! The Joan Didion of the Tumblr era. This manifesto is meant to be devoured, in all of its witty, compassionate, feverish, elegantly argued brilliance."
--Kate Zambreno author of Heroines

"Dead Weight is a blistering debut-- stylish, sharp, and smarter than anything else I've read about the fraught and gendered terrain of disordered eating in America. These essays are kaleidoscopic and virtuosic: With rigor and curiosity, she writes about Simone Weil and the history of the virtuous anorexic saint to the arrival of Ozempic on the mass market to the moral question of categorizing an eating disorder patient as 'terminal.' Deeply researched, highly literary, rageful and tender, Dead Weight offers new and urgent angles on this familiar subject."
--Jordan Kisner, author of Thin Places

"Stunning . . . With top-notch reporting, frankness, and humor, Dead Weight thumps with imagination and insight."
--Wendy Walters, author of Multiply/Divide

"Eviscerating . . . An assiduously researched and urgent debut . . . Blistering."

"[Clein] pulls no punches in her analysis of eating disorders and their psychological underpinnings, and her prose style is urgent, intense, and often captivating . . . This is a book that deserves attention--not just by those suffering from eating disorders, but by anyone trying to understand this insidious phenomenon."
--Kirkus Reviews [starred]

"Essayist Clein's stellar debut collection probes the inciting factors and effects of eating disorders in young women . . . Clein skillfully weaves together pop culture anecdotes, personal reflections, and analysis of social media posts in prose that's vivid and sharp . . . This announces Clein as a talent to watch."
--Publishers Weekly [starred]

"Dead Weight is part eating disorder theory, part history, part collective memoir of modern girlhood and part condemnation of the corporate, heteropatriarchal forces that demand the impossible of girls and women: self-objectification and self-disappearance, somehow simultaneously . . . Sweeping."
--Bomb Magazine

"A dense, complex collection, outright scathing in its assessment of systemic failures; generous in its compassion for those experiencing ED; familiar in its textual and pop-cultural references and earnest in its pursuit of a healthier society."

"Fiercely galvanizing . . . I have rarely read such intimate, revelatory, exhaustive, and sensitively strong writing as in Emmeline Clein's essays. Her insight leaves me both close to tears and ready to revolt."
--Public Seminar