When Hungry, Eat by Joanne Fedler should be set reading for any woman who has plans to or already has migrated from South Africa to Australia. Joanne has been able to put in to words what most of us have trouble sorting out in our minds.
A book that I initially thought would be entirely about weight loss had me engaged to the point that I had not even finished reading it and I found myself already recommending it to friends.
Joanne, and I say Joanne because I feel like I know her personally, captures her story of weight loss amidst her personal journey of self-discovery with such raw emotion and deep passion that you can't help just wanting to give her a hug. Being a migrant myself I felt as if I'd learnt something through the writers' journey. The story is written with beautiful metaphor and deep representation. Joanne shares her soul and had me smiling in recollection of my own experiences, even weeping occasionally and then laughing with joy.
This book will remain on my bookshelf and I will return to read it again and again.
Note: Joanne Fedler moved from South Africa to Australia with her husband and two children in 2001. She is a former women's rights advocate, counsellor of abused women and CEO of a not-for-profit advocacy centre. She lives in Sydney. Her previous books include Things Without A Name and Secret Mother's Business. The three latest books are published by Allen & Unwin.