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.
Sarah Gerard's work has appeared in the "New York Times," "New York" magazine's "The Cut," "Paris Review Daily," "Slice Magazine," the "Los Angeles Review of Books," "Bookforum," and other journals. She is the author of the chapbook "Things I Told My Mother" and a graduate of The New School's MFA program for fiction.