When Joanne Fedler, sees a photograph of herself on the beach at her son’s 5th birthday party, the shock sends her running to “The Food Fascist”…the dietician from hell. As a new immigrant in Australia, and mother of two, she only knows that she does not want to be ‘fat and forty.’ What begins as a strict eating regime takes her on a journey of discovery not only into the many meanings of hunger, but also into the consequences of loss. As Joanne slowly sheds her weight, gram, by gram, she starts to confront the grief of having left the feast of her life in South Africa, her beloved homeland. In making friends with hunger and dropping a few dress sizes, Joanne learns to confront her fear of being hungry, of letting go, of losing things. In this way, a quest for weight loss becomes a pilgrimage of faith, love, memory and acceptance.
Reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love; When Hungry, Eat is a humorous yet poignant celebration of unexpected spiritual wisdom, small portions and the gifts of hunger.
About the Author
Joanne Fedler studied law at Yale and is a former women's rights advocate, counsellor of abused women, and CEO of a not-for-profit advocacy centre. Her books have been published in the UK, Australia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Croatia and South Africa. In Germany, Weiberabend (Secret Mothers' Business) was on Der Spiegel's bestseller list in 2008. Her books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.
She sometimes writes for Vogue and teaches life-writing classes. She is also a motivational speaker and has worked to raise money for abused women, breast cancer research, post-natal depression and children with special needs.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children, and spends a lot of time walking, reading and cooking.