I know writers have a long, long way to go to get to where Susan Stinson was in 1993 when she published Belly Songs.
“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.
“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…”
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.”
Stories are the only way we can make that connection to a spiritual realm…