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.
Andi’s fat obsession neuters her. It takes away her agency and renders her passive.
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, the writing is superb and the story has many interesting moments, but the focus on Sula and Nel takes away from much of the rich places Morrison could have gone.
When you erase the fat and leave the girl, you’re still not getting much person.
Surely, people were getting it on at parties. Just because there are norms for polite society doesn’t mean everyone is following them.
A deeply intimate and creative endeavor, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: A Biographical Collage could work beautifully in a classroom or on your bedside nightstand.
“No, I don’t like you and I never will but for all that I’m going to make a decent, upstanding infant of you.”
She almost died of “pewmonia,” for instance.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy Anne of Ingleside. The children were boring, the adults rude, and the plot…what plot?