#FridayReads | Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
What better way to ring in 2016 than with an excerpt from a novel we published in January 2015, which went on to become "One of the breakout American independent books of the year."
Sarah Gerard's debut novel Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend, told in luminous, lyrical prose. On a road-trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.
Binary Star was named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR, Flavorwire, BuzzFeed, Entropy Magazine, and Largehearted Boy.
"The particular genius of Binary Star is that out of such grim material in 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