Milk Fed

Milk Fed Details

A scathingly funny, wildly erotic, and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex, and god from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad Today.

Rachel is twenty-four, 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 ninety-day 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.

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Title:Milk Fed
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    Milk Fed Reviews

  • Melissa

    pretty good....

  • Elyse  Walters

    ‘Milk Fed’ won’t be a book for everyone... but I absolutely adored it. I read it in one sitting - not stopping to pee or make tea. The dialogue was fresh, in your face bold, smart & savvy. Given...

  • Hannah

    This hurts a bit. I was so very sure I would love this (The Pisces is one of my all-time favourite books and I had been anticipating Broder’s second novel for what felt like ages) and while Broder...

  • Emily B

    I want to read everything of Melissa Broder’s that I can get my hands on. So when I got the ARC for this I was beyond excited! It was everything I could have wanted and more and I ended up reading i...

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars, rounded up.Thought-provoking and intense, Melissa Broder's new novel, Milk Fed , is a story of one woman’s obsession with her eating habits, as well as a look at sexuality, religion, a...

  • Meike

    Melissa Broder has a sharp, weird sense of humor and a keen eye for the movements of the human soul, but much like in the case of The Pisces (merman sex, remember?), she tends to shoot herself in the ...

  • AnnaLuce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /(heads up: this review contains mentions of eating disorders and body dysmorphia as well as explicit language)2 ½ stars While I doubt that Milk Fed will win m...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I'm still trying to gather my thoughts on this book. First of all, if you have any sensitivity around eating disorders, this is not the book for you. Just don't do it. The novel starts with Rachel, wh...

  • Rachel

    Milk Fed just goes to show that you can love a book and still be incredibly disappointed in it. After I read the first 30%, I was convinced that this was going to be my favorite book of the year. Ulti...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I liked this even more than THE PISCES, which I liked very much. It is going to be another love-it-or-hate-it book, with another protagonist who is a constant cringe-fest, who is deeply damaged, who m...