Join us for the launch celebration for EAT ONLY WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY, the new novel from the incomparable Lindsay Hunter.
In Lindsay Hunter's achingly funny, fiercely honest second novel, Eat Only When You re Hungry, we meet Greg an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of Greg Junior, GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. GJ's been an addict his whole adult life, disappearing for days at a time, but for some reason this absence feels different, and Greg has convinced himself that he's the only one who can find his son. So he rents an RV and drives from his home in West Virginia to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the last place GJ was seen. As we travel down the streets of the bizarroland that is Florida, the urgency to find GJ slowly recedes into the background, and the truths about Greg's mistakes as a father, a husband, a man are uncovered.
In Eat Only When You re Hungry, Hunter elicits complex sympathy for her characters, asking the reader to take a closer look at the way we think about addiction why we demonize the junkie but turn a blind eye to drinking a little too much or eating too much and the fallout of failing ourselves.
Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's and the novel Ugly Girls. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her husband, sons, and dogs.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. This event is not only a celebration, it is also a fundraiser for an organization dear to Lindsay's heart, the Chicago Childcare Collective. The Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo) is a group of volunteers who support the participation of parents, especially mothers, in racial and economic justice work. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city to have fun with kids while their parents participate in and lead organizing efforts to defend their rights and build a better Chicago. For this event, representatives from ChiChiCo will be on-hand to discuss their actions and how you can help.