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( DOWNLOAD E-PUB ) ⚖ Milk Fed: A Novel ⚓ “Milk Fed is a novel of appetites; a luscious, heartbreaking story of selfdiscovery through the relentless pursuit of desire I couldn’t get enough of this devastating and extremely sexy book” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House A scathingly funny, wildly erotic, and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex, and god from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad TodayRachel is twentyfour, 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 ninetyday 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


10 thoughts on “Milk Fed: A Novel

  1. Hannah Hannah says:

    I am beyond excited. Speechlessly so.


  2. Sarah Ames-Foley Sarah Ames-Foley says:

    I will die for this book.


  3. Victoria Larroque Victoria Larroque says:

    Be prepared to read this book with snacks on hand. The amount of food descriptions in here are abundant and it made me so hungry.

    There’s a scene in the book where she’s literally thinking about making out with some frozen yogurt and it was so hilarious and honestly kind of relatable. It sounded really delicious! 😂

    This story is not as bizarre or far-fetched as the Pisces, but it’s still maintains its rawness and cynicism. The best part about Melissa Broder’s writing is the honesty. She doesn’t hold back. Her characters are unabashedly themselves and very descriptive.

    I could relate to having grown up with family who unfortunately talks about weight often. And would tell me to suck in my stomach or not eat too much etc. it wasn’t healthy and it led to a lot of body dysmorphia through my adolescence and I can see where our main character is coming from. Trying to take control of some part of her life through counting calories. I...


  4. Rosemary Reeve Rosemary Reeve says:

    Uneven, explicit, sometimes very funny story of an agnostic but culturally Jewish talent manager/part-time comedian with an eating disorder and mommy issues who gains weight and redemption through a brief same-sex affair with the plump, Orthodox attendant in her favorite frozen yogurt shop.

    If that summary was a lot to absorb, this may not be the right book for you.

    On the other hand, maybe you read that summary and thought: Terrific! The more, the merrier! Could the author add an explicitly described fling with a hunky TV star? What about vapid and back-stabbing coworkers? How about pages of psychobabble, not all from a psychologist? Hebrew? A literal and figurative golem? Faux political correctness? Debates about the Gaza strip? Clinically detailed descriptions of everything and everyone the main character ate? Could the author add that, too?

    If you had the second reaction, then you are in luck. This book offers all of that and more.

    ...


  5. Tess Tess says:

    As expected, I was absolutely blown away by Melissa Broder's ability to write a perfect novel. After adoring THE PISCES a few years ago, I have been itching to read more from her, and MILK FED 100% did not disappoint. This book is a sexually explicit and tender lesbian romance that is also completely wild and hard to put into words. Rachel, the main character, is a young stand up comic in LA who is battling a lifelong eating disorder which started via her mother has a child. As her world begins to open up on her own, and falling in love is coupled with learning how to love food again, the quiet story blossoms into a novel about desire, hunger, and motherhood in beautifully unexpected ways.

    Broder is clearly one of my favorite authors now, and this book is not to be missed when it comes out in February 2021. Her writing is so easy to digest, but also nuanced and complicated; surreal and other-worldly. Her characters are heartbreakingly sad and, at the same time, heroic in ...


  6. Bandit Bandit says:

    Ok. I’m the first person to review this for GR. Must do the book justice. First thing first, checking the official description, just so I know what can and cannot be discussed without giving away any of the plot, but the official description is surprisingly bare bones. So I can pretty much talk about whatever I want here beyond the basic food, Jews and lesbians. Alrighty then. So meet the protagonist…a 24 year old East Coast transplant to LA, working in the business management end of the entertainment industry and obsessively counting calories. In fact, Rachel’s entire existence is strictly governed by her relationship with food which stems from her relationship with her mother. Both relationships are terrible. Actually, there are layers of terribleness to Rachel’s mother, from overbearing to controlling to image distorting to guilt riding to emotional manipulation. It’s no surprise that Rachel’s therapist is determined to get Rachel to take some time off, a sort of mothe...


  7. Erin (The Grateful Poet) Erin (The Grateful Poet) says:

    I plan to do a full in depth review soon but i just quickly want to pop on and say that this book is PHENOMENAL. Broder’s prose is so specific and vivid and sensual and REAL. I loved the elements of religion (Judaism), Sexuality, eating disorders (all own voices) as they crashed into each other. it’s an erotic book but it’s also a literary masterpiece. Broder sometimes talks about some uncomfortable topics but she does so with grace and experience. i want to read this again for the first time.


  8. Walker Iversen Walker Iversen says:

    Melissa Broder's novels live somewhere in between contemporary literary fiction and guilty pleasure reading, if you believe in that sort of thing. I don't know if this one works as well for me as The Pisces, but, like its predecessor, it had me laughing out loud and occasionally marveling at her frank depictions of sexuality.

    3.5 stars

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  9. Will Skrip Will Skrip says:

    Thank you to Simon&Schuster for an early glimpse of one of my favorite author's newest hit!

    Melissa Broder does it again with MILK FED, a deliciously complex and shocking hallucination, about the retrograde of human will under the duress of hunger (in the literal and metaphoric sense).

    Similar to her gorgeous debut novel, THE PISCES, Broder writes with razor-edged brashness. She is uncompromising with detail and pushes her readers to the edge of comfort with boldness and style. It's as smutty as it is poetic; her command over the sights, smells and sounds of the human body (and beyond...in the case of THE PISCES) is otherworldly and deliriously raw. I love that she is so boldly unapologetic.

    Rachel's untamed youth echoes Raven Leilani's Edie (from the fabulous 2020 debut LUSTER) in lack of impulse control or respect of boundary, with a lick of Tony Kushner's classic wry Judaic musing. Unsurprisingly, there is so much going on here, it weighs on ...


  10. Will Skrip Will Skrip says:

    Melissa Broder does it again with MILK FED, a deliciously complex and shocking hallucination, about the retrograde of human will under the duress of hunger (in the literal and metaphoric sense).

    Similar to her gorgeous debut novel, THE PISCES, Broder writes with razor-edged brashness. She is uncompromising with detail and pushes her readers to the edge of comfort with boldness and style. It's as smutty as it is poetic; her command over the sights, smells and sounds of the human body (and beyond...in the case of THE PISCES) is otherworldly and deliriously raw. I love that she is so boldly unapologetic.

    Rachel's untamed youth echoes Raven Leilani's Edie (from the fabulous 2020 debut LUSTER) in lack of impulse control or respect of boundary, with a lick of Tony Kushner's classic wry Judaic musing. Unsurprisingly, there is so much going on here, it weighs on you like an endless multi-course Kosher Chinese feast. I can't stop thinking about Rachel as our narrator. ...