STARVATION MODE now available in print


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My 2015 chapbook Starvation Mode, originally available as part of the Instant Future eBook series, is now available in print. You can buy it directly from me, and I'll sign it.

“Starvation Mode is absorbing and wonderful—the rules that Elissa Washuta writes here become an attempt at creating order within the chaos of one’s life. What is she allowed to do and what is forbidden? What can she force upon herself and what is impossible? In this book, love is what happens when one person consumes another, and a fish can be brought back to life by holding a cold spoon against its heart. Seeing the physical world through Washuta’s eyes is a gift.”

—Chelsea Hodson, author of Tonight I’m Someone Else

“Elissa Washuta’s Starvation Mode is the most cogent and profound document I’ve ever read about American women’s disturbing relationships with food—a subject that I thought had been covered to exhaustion. Going beyond the discourse of “disorder,” Washuta examines the diets and food compulsions so many women use to control both our bodies and minds, to both fortify and punish ourselves. This is a brilliant little book, and one I’ve read again and again; it illuminates our societal sicknesses and leaves me feeling less alone.”

—Alice Bolin, author of Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

“Starvation Mode‘s peculiar structure asks us to closely examine what we hunger for, consume, and how we create and ingest meaning. Washuta takes important risks, ones which I wonder whether the broader readership has an appetite for, but perhaps should cultivate.” —Portland Mercury

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