munich airport, a fictional account of one family’s experience of anorexia and suicide (novel)

‘A good old-fashioned existential angst novel’

Greg Baxter’s new novel Munich Airport tells the story of a brother and father as they travel to Germany to collect the body of their sister and daughter, Miriam. Miriam has died of starvation following anorexia. While waiting three weeks in Munich for her body to be released, the brother (who remains unnamed) reflects on her life and their past, trying to make sense of his sister’s eating disorder and death.

This book describes anorexia and eating disorders within one family

the Franz Josef Strauss Airport, Munich

This book is the story of three lives: the brother, the father and Miriam. Through flashbacks, we learn what made them the people they became. It’s a story about the importance of family and about existential loneliness. Though the book’s style is probably not for everyone, it is a beautifully-written story that becomes more fascinating as it slowly unfolds.

The publishers (Penguin) describe the book as: Munich Airport is a novel about the meaning of home, and about the families we improvise when our real families fall apart.

Edward Docx’ review of the novel Munich Airport can be read in a recent edition of The Guardian.

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