“I am self-conscious beyond measure.”–Roxane Gay
While Edelson’s novel wasn’t inspiring or kind to bodies, it does show the gray areas — love and hate — of relationships fat women have with their bodies. It looks at how losing fat doesn’t change a fat person.
A unique coming-of-age novel with diverse characters that meets the criteria for a fat-positive novel.
Andi’s fat obsession neuters her. It takes away her agency and renders her passive.
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Overall, Peck’s Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs reads like a good candidate for a memoir class, one in which a smart teacher would point Peck toward the gold to be meaningfully mined and away from the you-had-to-be-there tales you tell friends at dinner.
“I couldn’t say the f-word, I couldn’t say fat, I never said it out loud, I hating the way it sounded. I preferred a variety of euphemisms: overweight, curvy, chubby, zaftig, even obese.”
In an industry that largely shuts everyone who isn’t a straight white male, Faith tries to kick the door open.
Honest, analytical, and carefully constructed, Whitney Way Thore’s memoir is a must-read for those fighting in the #nobodyshame movement.
When you erase the fat and leave the girl, you’re still not getting much person.