Partially a meditation on addiction and partially an astronomy lesson (*also partially a road trip novel, of sorts), this stream of consciousness novel is an absolute gut punch of a read. Tackling heavy subjects like anorexia/bulimia, alcoholism, obsession with celebrity, big-agriculture/big-pharma. An excellent debut novel.— From Kalani
*Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
*A Best Book of 2015 --NPR, BuzzFeed, Vanity Fair, Flavorwire, Largehearted Boy
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
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.
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