Crave

A Memoir of Food and Longing by Christine S. O'Brien

  • Published: Aug 22, 2020

"Do you mind that Im going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?" I asked my mother. "Just tell a good story," she replied. Hunger comes in many forms.In her memoir, Crave, Christine S. OBrien tells a story of family... read more

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Details of Crave

Exact title of the book
Crave
Book author
Christine S. O'Brien
ISBN
9781250128850
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Nov 13, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Do you mind that Im going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?" I asked my mother. "Just tell a good story," she replied. Hunger comes in many forms.

In her memoir, Crave, Christine S. OBrien tells a story of family turmoil and incessant hunger hidden behind the luxury and privilege of New Yorks famed Dakota apartment building. Her explosively angry father was ABC Executive Ed Scherick, the successful television and film producer who created shows and films like ABCs Wide World of Sports and The Stepford Wives.

Raised on farm in the Midwest, her calm, beautiful mother Carol narrowly survived a dramatic accident when she was child. There was no hint of instability in her life until one day she collapsed in the familys apartment and spent the next year in bed. "Your mothers illness is not physical," Christines father tells her.

Craving a cure for a malady that the doctors said had no physical basis, Carol resorted to increasingly bizarre nutritional dietsfrom raw liver to fresh yeastbefore beginning a rigid dietary regime known as "The Program." It consisted largely of celery juice and blended saladsa forerunner of todays smoothie. Determined to preserve the health of her family, Carol insisted that they follow The Program. Despite their constant hunger, Christine and her three younger brothers loyally followed their mothers eating plan, even as their fathers rage grew and grew.

The more their father screamed, the more their mothers very survival seemed to depend on their total adherence to The Program. This well-meant tyranny of the dinner table led Christine to her own cravings for family, for food, and for the words to tell the story of her hunger. Crave is the chronicle of Christines painful and ultimately satisfying awakening.

And, just as her mother asked, its a good story.

About author

S. OBrien earned a BA in English at UC Berkeley and holds a Double MFA from Saint Marys College in Nonfiction and Fiction, where she was awarded Saint Marys Agnes Butler Scholarship for Literary Excellence. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile Magazine, and her work received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Trains Short Story Award for New Writers.

OBrien has worked for ABC-TV, Alex Ponti, and NBC Productions. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the English Composition Department at Saint Marys College and lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband and two children. Crave is her first book.

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