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Cures for Hunger: A Memoir Kindle Edition

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"Captivating and poignant memoir . . . Deni Y. Béchard's prose brims with nuance as his characters move across a continent and leave the reader richer for accompanying them. . . . a must-read for anyone who has mused about the ways in which parents' actions can affect their children . . . a heartfelt depiction of the long road taken to a better understanding of the complexity of the parent-child bond." — Joseph Hnatiuk, Winnipeg Free Press (2012-06-15)

"A complex tale, full of bittersweet encounters, rage, love, and sorrow." — Alexander Varty, straight.com (2012-06-26)

Best book to bring on a soul-searching solo trip: "Beautifully written memoir." — thetyree.ca (2012-06-26)

"Ragged and rough on the surface, tender and aching underneath, Bouchard's writing style reflects what may be the real subject of this memoir; his own youthful bravado." — Barbara Black, Montreal Gazette (2012-06-26)

"A spare, raw, haunting memoir about living in the shadow of an enigmatic man. . . . Deni Y. Béchard is a writer to watch." — Booklist Online (2012-06-26)

"Béchard's whiplashing sentences have an intimacy. . . . Clever, superbly paced and crafted, sincere and very affecting." — Martyn Bryant, Roverarts.com (2012-06-26)

"Béchard's memoir is alternately funny and poignant, with a meditative, leisurely pace. . . . embedded with insights. The complexities of hunger are the core of this story. Hunger is not simply a clawing emptiness in the belly: It is the yearning "for truth, for love, for a single thing that we can trust" it is "the perfect pleasure of wanting." . . . Ultimately for Béchard, writing is freedom and Cures for Hunger is both a journey and a coming home." — Ami Sands Brodoff, Montreal Review of Books (2012-08-09)

"A coming of age story with rare and loving insights into the vulnerable hearts of men and boys — and the women that help shape them." — The Huffington Post (2012-11-08)

"A poignant but rigorously unsentimental account of hard-won maturity." — Kirkus Reviews (2012-11-08)

"Cures for Hunger illustrates the ways in which storytelling can act as a means of self-discovery . . . much more than a memoir of youthful misadventure, though it contains plenty of that. It's also an exploration of the oppression of lineage, of familial duty, wanderlust, and perennial dissatisfaction, and the most American theme of them all: personal reinvention." — The Iowa Review (2012-11-08)

"Béchard powerfully evokes the ever-present tension between the author and his parents . . . as well as his own struggle to emulate and escape his father . . . Béchard's story is also one of personal discovery, and a teasing out of the function of memory: what it keeps, what it loses, and what it saves." — Publishers Weekly (2012-11-08)

"Cures for Hunger is a poignant adventure story with a mystery . . . But it is also, perhaps even more so, the story of an artist coming of age. Readers will be reminded of James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." — The Plain Dealer (2012-11-08)

A Best Book of the Year So Far and Best Biography/Memoir of the Year So Far — Amazon.ca (2012-11-08)

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"A moving story of rebellion, lost love, criminal daring, and restless searching. Driven above all by the need to grasp his father's secrets, Béchard has written his narrative in skillful, resonant prose graced with a subtle tone of obsession and longing." — Leonard Gardner, author of Fat City (2012-05-09)|"You haven't read a story like this one, even if your father was the kind of magnificent scoundrel you only find in Russian novels. Béchard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story. Just because the end is clear doesn't mean the bets are off." — Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women (2012-05-09)|"This powerful and haunting memoir is a must-read for anyone who has struggled to uncover their identity within the shadow of a parent. In exquisitely sharp prose. Béchard renders his attempts to understand his father's mysterious existence. This book is huge and achingly true." — Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance (2012-05-09)|"Béchard writes that prison taught his father 'the nature of the self, the way it can be shaped and hardened.' As in a great novel, this darkly comic and lyrical memoir demonstrates the shaping of its author, who suffers the wreckage of his father's life, yet manages to salvage all the beauty of its desperate freedoms. Béchard's poetic gifts give voice to the outsiders of society, and make them glow with humanity and love." — Elizabeth McKenzie, author of Stop That Girl (2012-05-09)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; No edition edition (April 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6KHCY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Original and very fast paced. A good read for something different. The characters are well portrayed and move on from one generation to the next.
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a working out of what may or may not be the truth finds its own voice in this hauntd tale enn
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HASH(0x9d191cd8) out of 5 stars Great storyline, great writing May 6 2013
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It's always unfair to compare, but this book has some Cormac McCarthy, a bit of Faulkner and some Russell Banks. The story of a young man looking for his dad who was a bank robber. Thoughtful and exciting.