• Publish Date: 2015-05-26
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Sarai Walker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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A Best Book of the Year

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Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking Dietland completely blew me away. Jennifer Weiner

The diet revolution is here. And its armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when youre 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 societys 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.

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 womens magazine and is soon drawn into an underground community of women who forthrightly and fabulously reject that culture. Read it not only because its smart and timely (and shocking: it explicitly takes on the adult film culture as well), but because its 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 Nelson

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