Culture Cram
Culture Cram
Paul Cram
BOOK INTERVIEW: "Starvation," YA Fiction, Love Stories and more with author Molly Fennig
30 minutes Posted Jun 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm.
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Paul Cram speaks with YA author Molly Fennig about her latest book “Starvation.” Listen in as they discuss some of the Twin Cities author’s writing process, the themes in the book, and much more. Includes some heavy topics- eating disorders, suicide, and death.


John Green meets Laurie Halse Anderson in this award-winning, “haunting,” and “incredibly real” book that “holds you there until the very last sentence”. 

16-year-old Wes McCoy is not the favorite child. 

He does not have a wrestling scholarship to Stanford nor does he live up to the family legacy as an athlete, unlike his brother, Jason. But when Jason dies in a car accident on the way to the state high school wrestling championship, Wes turns to food to give him the control over his life he didn’t have before– the kind of success he never tasted.

Wes must take back control from his eating disorder as he learns more about himself and the mystery surrounding Jason’s accident, before he loses his life and those closest to him.

About Molly Fennig:

Molly Fennig self-published her first novel, InSomnus, at age 17. Throughout college she published short stories in The Blue Route Literary Magazine, The Blue Nib, the Running Wild Press Anthology, Havik 2020 Anthology and other literary presses. Her second novel, Starvation, was published by Immortal Works in November 2020 when she was 22. The book explores themes such as male eating disorders and mental health, and won a 2021 Independent Press Award.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Molly got a degree in Neuroscience, with minors in English and Spanish, from Swarthmore College.

She is currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology, with a specialization in eating disorders, from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research has been published in multiple scientific journals. 

Her mini goldendoodle Peach (see below), is training to be a therapist, and specializes in eating. Molly is passionate about mental health, chocolate, and mentoring young writers.