Title: Cures for Hunger: A Memoir
Publisher: MIlkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First edition, stated; first printing, full number line (1-5). Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "For C-- / It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope to cross paths again. / Deni Bechard." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24); edgewear; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007347
Synopsis: “Where did such longings reside in us, passed on through blood or stories? It seemed to me then, hearing his words, that a father?s life is a boy?s first story.? —from Cures for Hunger
At once an extraordinary family story and a highly unconventional portrait of the artist as a young man, Cures for Hunger is a singular, deeply affecting memoir, by one of the most acclaimed young writers in the world today.
"In Cures for Hunger, Deni Y. Bechard has created a moving story of rootlessness, rebellion, lost love, criminal daring, regret, and restless searching. Driven above all by the need to grasp his father's secrets, he has written his narrative in skillful, resonant prose graced with a subtle tone of obsession and longing."
—Leonard Gardner, author of Fat City
From the Inside Flap:
“As the motor?s vibrations cradled me, I tried to envision my life. I saw the red lines of highways on the map, stretched between cities like threads of torn cloth. I imagined a book that could hold it all together, plains and mountain ranges, dust-drab towns beyond interstates, and somewhere on the far edges, the valley in British Columbia and those nights in Virginia when I snuck out and stalked the highway, trying to fathom where I belonged on this threadbare continent.?
As a child, Deni Béchard has no idea his family is unusual. His mother is from Pittsburgh and there is a vague sense that his father is from Quebec, but when Deni is assigned to complete a family tree in school, he begins to wonder why he doesn?t know more about his father?s side of the family. Who is André Béchard, and why do the police seem so interested in him?
Soon after Deni?s mother leaves his father and decamps with her three children to Virginia, Deni learns that André was once a bank robber, a revelation that sets his imagination on fire. Boyish rebelliousness soon gives way to fantasies of a life of crime. At once attracted and repelled, Deni can?t escape the sense that his father?s life holds the key to understanding himself, and to making sense of his own passions and longings. Only when he goes off to college does Deni begin to unravel the story of his father?s life, eventually returning with it to the Quebecois family that André had fled long ago.
At once an extraordinary family story and a highly unconventional portrait of the artist as a young man, Cures for Hunger is a deeply affecting memoir, by one of the most acclaimed young writers in the world today.
Deni Y. Béchard was born in British Columbia and raised in Canada and the United States. His articles, stories, and translations have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers. His first novel, Vandal Love, won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers? Prize. He lives in New York City.
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