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“Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away.” — Jennifer Weiner
The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2015: Warning: this debut novel from a onetime writer for Seventeen and Mademoiselle is not what it might at first seem to be: a funny send-up of the beauty industry and the media that support it. Well, ok, it is that, at least for the first 50 pages or so, but it soon becomes one of the more intelligent, and not a little subversive, depictions of women in our society. Oh, drat: that makes it sound brainy and Feminism 101-y, which is not right, either. So... trying again. Read Dietland, the tale of a young, overweight woman who hides behind a skinny-girl persona to write an advice column for a women’s magazine – and is soon drawn into an underground community of women who forthrightly and fabulously reject that culture. Read it not only because it’s smart and timely (and shocking: it explicitly takes on the adult film culture as well), but because it’s heartbreaking and tragic and very very comic (as long as you like your laughs dark) and because it will guarantee that you never look at a lipstick or a pair of stilettos or a bathroom scale the same way again. Sarai Walker is some kind of twisted sister. And of course I mean that as the highest possible compliment. – Sara NelsonFrom the Back Cover:
Praise for Dietland
Dietland is a book I have been waiting for someone to write all my life, and it hit me hard right where I live, right where so many of us have wasted too much time living. It s courageous, compassionate, intelligent, pissed off, and much more fun than it has any right to be. I can think of twenty people I want to buy it for, without even trying.
Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
Sarai Walker s audacious, hilarious, yet surprisingly touching novel begins by spoofing the weight-loss industry and moves on to a devastating fantasy in which an avenger known as Jennifer targets men who prey on women. Through it all marches Plum, a fat woman who learns to love herself as she is, and whom I loved at all stages of her education. Keenly intelligent, daring, and original, Dietland has something important to say to us all.
Alice Mattison, author of The Book Borrower
Sarai Walker is an immensely talented writer and her debut novel, Dietland filled with wit, wisdom, and wonder is a pleasure.
Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
The first rule of Dietland is you should definitely talk about Dietland. And I suspect you ll want to. Gather your book clubs, gather all the Jennifers you know! At first you ll think you re reading a familiar story: a woman who works at a women s magazine tries to lose weight. And then POW! Dietland lithely moves in ways and to places you won t expect. Sarai Walker has a wonderfully curious mind, and this is an impressive, ambitious first novel.
Gabrielle Zevin, best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Sarai Walker has written a call to arms. Devious, subversive, delightful, Dietland is a Scum Manifesto set to a pop music beat and Plum Kettle is a feminist hero for the modern age.
Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
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Buchbeschreibung Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Mai 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - 316 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780544704831