Fat Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry

Here is a list from my 2017 search to find positive representations of folks who identify as fat women in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. That positive representation will not hinge on the character being miserable and then happy after losing weight or falling in love. Characters can lose weight or fall in love, but it is not the catalyst for their happiness. I also will not recommend books in which the character pulls her body apart (I call this the “chicken dinner”) and criticize pieces.

Thus, books will either meet or not meet my criteria, which will factor overall into my recommendations. I purposely use the word “fat” because it is not a bad word. Using plump, curvy, plus-sized, fluffy, big-boned, shapely, voluptuous, or any other term suggests that fat is bad and thus needs a euphemism.

  1. I Do It With the Lights On by Whitney Way Thore (recommended)
  2. Dietland by Sarai Walker (highly recommended; must read)
  3. Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs by Cheryl Peck (not recommended)
  4. Faith, Vol. 1: Holywood and Vine by Jody Houser (recommended)
  5. Fat Girl by Jessie Carty (not recommended)
  6. Misadventures of Fatwoman by Elizabeth Julie Powell (not recommended)
  7. Fat Girl Dances with Rocks by Susan Stinson (recommended)
  8. The Fat Friend: A Novel by Julie Edelson (focus not really on fat women)
  9. Skinny by Diana Spechler
  10. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  11. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  12. Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore
  13. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  14. Certain Girls (sequal) by Jennifer Weiner
  15. Two Girls, Fat and Thin by Mary Gaitskill
  16. Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
  17. Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio
  18. Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson
  19. Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion by Virgie Tovar
  20. Losing It by Lindsay Faith Rech
  21. Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel
  22. If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
  23. Belly Songs: In Celebration of Fat Women by Susan Stinson
  24. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
  25. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  26. This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabby Sidibe
  27. Push by Sapphire
  28. The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
  29. Venus of Chalk by Susan Stinson
  30. A Reason to Stay by June Stevens Westerfield
  31. Larger Than Death by Lynn Murray
  32. Fat Assassins by Marita Fowler
  33. Fat Bodyguards by Marita Fowler
  34. Morning Song by Susan Simone
  35. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
  36. Invisible by Jeanne Bannon
  37. Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp by Stephanie Klein
  38. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
  39. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  40. The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle