FINALIST FOR THE GILLER PRIZEWINNER OF THE AMAZON CANADA FIRST NOVEL AWARDNAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016 BY ELLE, BUSTLE, AND THE GLOBE AND MAIL NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH BY THE HUFFINGTON POST, BUSTLE AND BOOKRIOTFrom the Trade Paperback edition. “Honest, searing, and necessary.” —Elle“The way food and body image define Elizabeth’s life is depressing and sad. There is so much humor here — much of it dark, but spot on, like Dolores in Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone or Lena Dunham in Girls. 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.
FINALIST FOR THE GILLER PRIZEWINNER OF THE AMAZON CANADA FIRST NOVEL AWARDNAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016 BY ELLE, BUSTLE, AND THE GLOBE AND MAIL NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH BY THE HUFFINGTON POST, BUSTLE AND BOOKRIOT “Stunning…As you watch Lizzie navigate fraught relationships — with food, men, girlfriends, her parents and even with herself — you’ll want to grab a friend and say: ‘Whoa. Exactly.’” —Washington Post“A hilarious, heartbreaking book.” —People Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Awad gets everything right and, throughout these interconnected stories, reveals how absurd our culture is about women and their bodies.
Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. As addictive as potato chips and as painful as the prospect of eating nothing but 4-ounce portions of steamed fish for the rest of your life.” —Chicago Tribune“Gutting .
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. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. Even someone who has never struggled with her weight should be able to see her teenage self in Awad’s pages.” —The Rumpus“With dark humor and heartbreaking honesty, Awad cuts away at diet culture and the pressure on women to make thinness and beauty their priority.” —San Francisco Chronicle“Awad explores the sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking ways that a person’s struggle with body image can seep into every part of her existence.
But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl? I highly recommend this one.” —Roxane Gay (via Good Reads) “A ferocious look at body image and how it permeates every aspect of our lives.
[it’s] about how she sees herself.” —Wall Street Journal“Awad portrays Lizzie’s humiliations with unflinching honesty and a dose of dark humor.” —NPR“It’s as if the writer has eavesdropped on your most pathetic, smallest thoughts.