I think Big Happy Mushy Lump is a great space to explore the lives of contemporary younger women, warts and all.
I thought a lot about it, and the best metaphor I can use is multiple orgasms. There, I said it.
“I’m staunchly against dissecting the fat female body like a frog in biology…”
Both versions of Hidden Figures have value, but the audience for each is not the same.
“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.”
When you erase the fat and leave the girl, you’re still not getting much person.
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.
But a dilettante by definition doesn’t typically “do” a career.
I got Carli Lloyd’s memoir from the library to school my attitude.
American readers see what’s unusual, and the details are enough to make the story’s setting and characters vividly “other.”