Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel


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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Kohda is an English writer and musician. She reviews books for publications including The Guardian and The TLS. As a violinist, she has played with Jessie Ware, RY X, Pete Tong, the London Contemporary Orchestra and The English Chamber Orchestra, amongst others, and on various film soundtracks.


"Lydia's achingly vulnerable first-person narration gains momentum as she achieves self-acceptance--and, ultimately, self-empowerment. . . . Subversive and gratifying."--Kirkus Reviews
A magnificent debut.--The Millions
Absolutely brilliant - tragic, funny, eccentric and so perfectly suited to this particularly weird time. Claire Kohda takes the vampire trope and makes it her own in a way that feels fresh and original. Serious issues of race, disability, misogyny, body image, sexual abuse are handled with subtlety, insight, and a lightness of touch, and the novel is ridiculously suspenseful! I was on the edge of my seat, just waiting for Lyd to bite someone, and in the end, I felt utterly and happily bitten.--Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
Unsettling, sensual, subversive, Woman, Eating turns the vampire trope on its head with its startlingly original female protagonist, caught between two worlds. It is a profound meditation on alienation and appetite, and what it means to be a young woman who experiences life at an acute level of intensity and awareness. Claire Kohda's prose is biting, yet lush and gorgeous. I was uncomfortably smitten.--Lisa Harding, author of Jenna Book Club Pick Bright Burning Things
We have here a vampire book that will scrub any trace of Twilight from your mind--Claire Kohda's debut follows a young vampire dealing with all kinds of hunger: for acceptance, for artistic success, and for sushi.--Glamour
Here's one for gothic horror fans - a modern day vampire thriller that also covers race, social isolation, unrequited love and parental loyalty.--BBC Radio World Service
Woman, Eating deals a lot with food, hunger, and Lydia's relationship to her body. But this novel also deals with spiritual nourishment, art, womanhood, shame, and identity....Khoda's prose will take you on a deep emotional journey. Trust me, this is not your average vampire story--it is a novel that displays the incredible breadth of what speculative fiction can show us about the human condition.--Tor.com
What Stoker did for the vampire at the end of the nineteenth century, Claire Kohda does for it in our own era....[T]here is much here to mesmerize and beguile readers, not least in Kohda's prose, which is patient, strange, and altogether persuasive.--Times Literary Supplement (London)
Presenting a genuinely fresh take on the vampire mythos is an exceedingly difficult task in a post-Twilight world of bloodsucker rehash, not to mention enduring classic representation, but that's precisely what Kohda manages in her debut novel....A delicate, consistently surprising riff on the vampire narrative, and a stealthy, subversive story of one young woman's declaration of self.--Library Journal (starred review)
The most unusual, original and strikingly contemporary vampire novel to come along in years.--The Guardian