An Interview with Author Sarah Gerard
I first heard of author Sarah Gerard when I was a student at The New School’s MFA program (where she also did her MFA). My thesis was about my ongoing struggle with anorexia, and my advisor told me to look up Sarah’s debut novel, Binary Star, which follows the harrowing story of a woman suffering from an eating disorder.
Binary Star impacted the way I viewed my body. Sarah wrote that anorexia, like a pulsating star, burns fuel that isn’t replenished. I was instantly hooked on her writing. The novel’s prose was luminous and intoxicating, and it allowed me to see the forest for the trees when it came to my eating disorder.
I got to work with Sarah when Harper Perennial published her essay collection, Sunshine State, last April. In Sunshine State, she examines coming of age against Florida’s Emerald Coast, and elucidates the nefarious psychic energy that can fester, not only deep in the ridges of the gulf, but in the residents themselves. In a nutshell, she uses Florida as a means to study economic and environmental perils haunting our society.