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Dietland (Paperback)

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Our heroine Plum anticipates the awesome life she imagines will materialize after her weight-loss surgery. She even buys clothes for her post-surgery self, the thin woman that lives inside her. Though nervous to go under the knife, she is resolute in her choice to pay any price for a smaller body. Then Plum's happenstance encounters with a strange woman lead her to Calliope House, where the daughter of a deceased diet mogul looking to make amends folds Plum into a hidden subculture of radical feminists rallying against the diet industrial complex. As Plum's surgery date nears, these women challenge her to reconsider, which means confronting her self-hatred and internalized fatphobia. Outside the urban fortress, tensions between patriarchal forces and the vigilante cabal called "Jennifer" wrap Plum up in a revenge plot with dramatic results. Sarai Walker's work is truly exceptional. Not only is this the most unique tale of the season, Walker's voice is richly authentic. How refreshing to read a book about a fat girl written by a fat girl! Being a happy fat lady myself, I can attest to Plum's realness on an emotional level. Walker's prose was mostly absorbed through my bones, which shook with recognition as Plum counted calories and obsessed over her body, all behaviors familiar to girls everywhere. I am in awe of what has been accomplished here. Hooray for Dietland!

— Louise

June 2015 Indie Next List

“Meet Plum, a woman who has forever defined herself by her obesity and who gets through her daily routine by looking forward to the life that will come after her weight-loss surgery. When Plum discovers that she is being followed by a strange girl, her life is changed forever. While Plum embarks on her journey of self-acceptance, a violent feminist crusade takes the world by storm. As the two storylines converge, readers witness an unexpected transformation. This is a fun, no-apologies-offered debut!”
— Tess Fahlgren, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT


SOON TO BE AN AMC ORIGINAL SERIES starring Joy Nash, Juliana Margulies and Rowena King, written and executive produced by Marti Noxon.

A Best Book of the Year
Entertainment Weekly - Bustle - Amazon - Women's National Book Association - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Kobo - LitReactor

"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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544704831
ISBN-10: 0544704835
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English


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