Forge, Apr 2001, 23.95, 304 pp.
All Anna Rossi ever wanted from life was not to repeat her parents' bland inanimate existence. She thought when she married Michael that she found everything with him and through her love of cooking. However, after a few blissful years together, Anna finds herself in that same rut of her childhood that still haunts her today. Trying to put some flavor back into her marriage, Anna persuades Michael to go on vacation, but that only substantiates that they have nothing in common except a six-year-old child.
Deciding to start fresh, Anna leaves Michael to accept a job as a cooking assistant. She soon has an affair with her chef-boss even as Michael pleadingly asks her to return to him in his letters. Confused, Anna finally must decide between Michael and cooking even as her mother suffers a debilitating stroke, making her decision much easier to accept.
HUNGER is an adult coming of age tale starring a frustrated and bewildered individual seeking happiness and solace in life. Readers will react to the demoralized Anna with mixed feelings as they will sympathize with a great to say you are finally getting a life vs. wanting to shout to her to be an adult already. Though Anna over-muses at times, Jane Ward has written a tale that will provide much enjoyment to those readers who relish an intriguing personal crisis.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner