Virtual Book Club: Dietland
Although she is the advice columnist for a worldwide glamour media conglomerate, Plum Kettle is an unlikely source of wisdom. Morbidly obese and routinely humiliated by the stares and taunts of an insensitive populace, Plum plies her trade from her lonely apartment or, at best, at the corner café, where she knows the calorie count of each scone and latte on the menu. Having failed at every diet plan imaginable, Plum is seriously contemplating weight-loss surgery when she is handed a manifesto that ultimately leads her to a secret society of women fighting the constant assault upon women’s sexuality, self-esteem, and independence… Through her protagonist, debut novelist Walker gives a plaintive yet powerful voice to anyone who has struggled with body image, feelings of marginalization, and sexual manipulation. Her robust satire also vibrantly redefines what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. (Booklist)
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