Cheat Day

by Liv Stratman is a novel about appetites and the extent to which we try to control them. Kit is in her 30s, living in her childhood neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and feeling unfulfilled by her marriage to her successful college sweetheart, David. She’s also burying her professional ambitions by staying trapped working at her sister’s bakery, while still mourning the loss of the beloved grandmother who raised them. Rather than deal with all this emotional turmoil, Kit turns her energy into a familiar channel: an unhealthy cycle of fad dieting. Yet, as she embarks on a punishing 75-day cleanse to whittle down her cravings for food, she finds herself indulging in an affair with a handsome carpenter, Matt. Cheat Day explores the limits of monogamy, and the wellness industry, with honesty and humor.