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The Art of Starving Paperback – June 4, 2019

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“Matt toes the line between expiration and enlightenment, sparing no detail of his twisted, antagonistic relationship with his body. [His] sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery. A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Matt is an admirably strong character who is out and proud, brilliant, creative, and determined to survive... Miller’s creative portrait of a complex and sympathetic individual will provide a welcome mirror for kindred spirits.” -- Booklist (starred review)

“Matt is a master at suppressing his urges, but there is nothing romantic about debut novelist Miller’s portrayal of anorexia... discussion of Matt’s future is brutally honest. As Matt’s body deteriorates and his ‘powers’ reach new levels, readers must decide for themselves what is and isn’t real.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“One of the most important books of the year… How different, and how beautiful, our world would be if we could take its lesson of empathy to heart.” -- B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog

“An extraordinarily vital and necessary book that deals with underrepresented characters, discussions of toxic masculinity, and the effects of bullying in raw and effective ways . . . the overall message of devotion and self-acceptance is beautifully told.”   -- Romantic Times BOOKclub

“Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful, The Art of Starving is a classic in the making.” -- Book Riot

“Miller’s powerful, provocative and daring work forces readers to question reality and how much of our world is shaped by what we see.” -- Shelf Awareness

“This book is an ache, a bruise, a slaughterhouse of a love story; every word is a blow, but every blow is an anthem. This is what truth feels and smells and tastes like, and it’s one magnificent monster.” -- Margaret Stohl, bestselling author of the Beautiful Creatures series

“Beautifully rendered. This novel will break your heart and heal it again.” -- Coretta Scott-King Award and Newbery Honor winner Jacqueline Woodson

“As gritty with salted wounds as are all great fairytales, The Art of Starving is The Outsiders with superpowers. It should be shelved alongside the classic stories of unexpected salvation.” -- Maria Dahvana Headley, bestselling author of Magonia

From the Back Cover

MATT HASN’T EATEN IN DAYS.

The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt has discovered something: the less he eats, the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger . . . and he isn’t in control of all of them.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperTeen; Reprint edition (June 4, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062456725
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062456724
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 215 ratings

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Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine). Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He is the last in a long line of butchers, and he has also been a film critic, a grocery bagger, a community organizer, a secretary, a painter's assistant and model, and the guitarist in a punk rock band. He lives in New York City, and at samjmiller.com.

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