Binary Star

Binary Star

eBook - 2015
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"The particular genius of Binary Star is that out of such grim material it constructs beauty. It's like a novel-shaped poem about addiction, codependence and the relentlessness of the everyday, a kind of elegy of emptiness."
-- New York Times Book Review

"Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal. Gerard has channeled her trials and tribulations into a work of heightened reality, one that sings to the lonely gravity of the human body."
-- NPR

"Sarah Gerard's debut, Binary Star , radiates beauty. Gerard captures the beauty and scientific irony of damaged relationships and ephemeral heavenly lights. Just as with the stars, it is collapse that offers the most illumination."
-- Los Angeles Times

"Sarah Gerard's star is rising."
-- The Millions

"With the grace of a poem and the attitude of a punk anthem, Binary Star is an unusual treasure. Sarah Gerard is a young writer on the rise. She has a voice you have to hear to believe."
-- Bustle

"Gerard has produced a powerful, poetic, and widely relatable novel that eludes easy classification."
-- Publishers Weekly , Starred

"Gerard writes fiction like poetry, constructing a mesmerizing, complex story of addiction, obsession and love."
-- Time Out New York

"A glittering novel that tears into the headspace of a young anorexic in love with an alcoholic. Gerard's spare language and spacing is an intimate, cinematic poem."
-- The Brooklyn Rail

"Gerard has an interesting fearlessness."

"A bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding. Sarah Gerard writes about love and loneliness in a new and brilliantly visceral way."
--Jenny Offill

"I felt a breathless intensity the whole time I read Sarah Gerard's brilliant Binary Star . I sped through it, dizzy,devastated, loving all of it."
--Kate Zambreno

The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.

With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.

Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.

Sarah Gerard 's work has appeared in the New York Times , New York magazine's "The Cut," Paris Review Daily , Slice Magazine , the Los Angeles Review of Books , Bookforum , and other journals. She is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and a graduate of The New School's MFA program for fiction.

Publisher: Two Dollar Radio 2015
ISBN: 9781937512262
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource ()


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Sep 23, 2017

So....I feel terrible that it took me 27 freaking days to finish this book. I was completely drawn to this book ever since I requested my library purchase it, and then once I had it and started reading it....meh.

Let me also point out and truly start this review by saying there is an audience for this story and narrative- I am just not in that audience. I will explain in pros and cons:

-There is a fantastic display of prose and metaphor. I absolutely, hands-down loved the symbolism behind the destructive, deprecating relationship between the protagonist and her alcoholic boyfriend. They are a binary star system- two stars who rotate around a shared gravity. Here's Google's fancy definition: a system of two stars in which one star revolves around the other or both revolve around a common center.

-This book is a conversation piece for eating disorders.

-Reverberating back to when I said I am not in the audience piece for this book- I lost interest when that pull that comes with loving a book was gone. That gravitational (heh) pull that brings you back to the book to keep reading it. For me, there was nothing for me to learn here more than I already knew about those who suffer from body dysmorphia, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, etc.

May 17, 2015

Heavy on subject matter and too light on the plot. The stream-of-consciousness writing took some getting used to. Definitely not the literary brilliance some reviews make it out to be.

BklynKalliopiM Feb 07, 2015

If you're a reader looking for contemporary fiction, debut authors, and books that break the mold READ BINARY STAR. This book is better than a breath of fresh air in what can be a very conformist book market. Not to miss if you're interested in experimental independent literature. Gerard's lyrical style is infectious, powerful, and unique.


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