In Cures For Hunger, Deni Y. Béchard has created a moving story of rootlessness, rebellion, lost love, criminal daring, regret, and restless searching. Driven above all by the need to grasp his father’s secrets, he has written his narrative in skillful, resonant prose graced with a subtle tone of obsession and longing.
— Leonard Gardner, author of Fat City
You haven’t read a story like this one, even if your father was the kind of magnificent scoundrel you only find in Russian novels. Bechard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story. Just because the end is clear doesn’t mean the bets are off.
— Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women
In Cures for Hunger, Deni Y. Béchard writes that prison taught his father “the nature of the self, the way it can be shaped and hardened.” As in a great novel, this darkly comic and lyrical memoir demonstrates the shaping of its author, who suffers the wreckage of his father’s life, yet manages to salvage all the beauty of its desperate freedoms. Béchard’s poetic gifts give voice to the outsiders of society, and make them glow with humanity and love.
— Elizabeth McKenzie, author of Stop That Girl and MacGregor Tells the World
This powerful and haunting memoir is a must-read for anyone who has struggled to uncover their identity within the shadow of a parent. In exquisitely sharp prose, Béchard renders his attempts to understand his father’s mysterious existence. This book is huge and achingly true.
— Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance