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.
Overall, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record cracks open doors but never explores what’s in the room.
Sure, I’ll be Wren for a day. I’ll pick a lovely spring morning when the sun is hot, but there’s still a hint of melting snow. The stream is rushing. Addison’s just said good-bye to his ex-wife, once and for all. Wren and Addison both have the whole day off.
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.
“Writing pain and fatness together is tricky, because many people assume that is all that fat people are.” –Susan Stinson
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Hurston was wired by Lippincott stating they wanted to publisher her book. She explains her reaction: “I never expect to have a greater thrill than that wire gave me. You know the feeling when you found your first pubic hair? Greater than that.”
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.
“The sense of wonder and possibility of storytelling has never left me.”