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Toronto Launch: Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
Join Sarah Gerard and Two Dollar Radio for the Toronto launch of Binary Star, which NPR calls, "A hard, harrowing look into inner space."
ABOUT Binary Star
The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.
With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road-trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.
Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions; a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.
"The particular genius of 'Binary Star' is that out of such grim material it constructs beauty. Its like a novel-shaped poem about addiction, codependence and the relentlessness of the everyday, a kind of elegy of emptiness." The New York Times