Wednesday, March 4, 2015

the last book I ever read (Rabih Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman, excerpt six)

from 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine:

Nothing could explain the hunger, however.

Hannah ate and ate, anything and everything that was before her. She couldn’t stop, nor did it occur to her to. As a child, she had a fondness for fruit. Apparently, her mother realized there was a problem when Hannah single-handedly ate an entire cluster of bananas that her father had brought home and placed on the kitchen table. That’s about twenty-five bananas in one sitting. She was four.

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