Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Setting & Symbolism

Marya Hornbacher
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Lunchroom of Concord Elementary, Edina, Minnesota

It is in this lunchroom that nine-year-old Marya realizes the implications of her first bout with purging. Once she has started throwing up, she feels she has to either continue to do so, or not eat at all.

Diet Lipton Iced Tea

In an effort to prove she is on a diet, Marya drinks this diet tea in front of a young friend. Marya claims that it tastes good even though she hates the taste.

Dance Studio Above Main Street

This dance studio is a room full of mirrors in which Marya feels she sticks out from the other girls both because of the color of her leotard and her shape and size.

Kiddie Koral

Marya remembers being locked in this cage at a gym while she watches her mother work out.

Methodist Hospital Eating Disorders Institute

Methodist Hospital is the hospital...

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