13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Category: Book
By (author): Awad, Mona
Subject:  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.75in x 5.06in
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From The Publisher*"This book sparkles with wit and at the same time comes across as so transparent and genuine-Awad knows how to talk about the raw struggles of female friendships, sex, contact, humanness, and her voice is a wry celebration of all of this at once."
-AIMEE BENDER, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

 
"Hilarious and cutting . . . Mona Awad has a gift for turning the everyday strange and luminous, for finding bright sparks of humor in the deepest dark. She is a strikingly original and strikingly talented new voice."
-LAURA VAN DEN BERG, author of Find Me and The Isle of Youth

 
Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks-even though her best friend Mel says she's the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she's afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
 
In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.
Review Quote*"This book sparkles with wit and at the same time comes across as so transparent and genuine-Awad knows how to talk about the raw struggles of female friendships, sex, contact, humanness, and her voice is a wry celebration of all of this at once."
–Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
 
"Hilarious and cutting . . . Mona Awad has a gift for turning the every day strange and luminous, for finding bright sparks of humor in the deepest dark. She is a strikingly original and strikingly talented new voice."
–Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me and The Isle of Youth 
 
"It seems that Mona Awad can describe the imperfect nature of any love perfectly: whether it's love between friends, between mother and daughter, husband and wife, woman and food. With sharp insight and sly humor, she makes you feel like you never understood the obsessive half-life of a food addict before. Not a word is wasted, and yet the book is bursting with richness and insight and observation. Each story works beautifully as a stand-alone piece and together they make a luminous whole, like a perfect string of pearls."
–Katherine Heiny, author of Single, Carefree, Mellow

"Remarkable . . . committed to the most honest and painful portrayal and comprehension of what it means to be human, with all its flaws and joys."
–Brian Evenson, author of Fugue State and Immobility
Biographical NoteMona Awad received her MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and many other journals. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and English literature at the University of Denver.