FICTION

Dietland

Houghton Harcourt. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780544373433. $26. F
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OrangeReviewStarPlum Kettle likes living under the radar—pretty hard to do when you're 300 pounds or so. She lives alone, doesn't socialize, and telecommutes, answering readers' emails for the pretty, slim editor of a teen magazine. Plum dreams about her scheduled weight-loss surgery, the day she'll begin her real life; she's too distracted to pay much attention to the blooming acts of international terrorism against men who treat women like property and objects. But someone's onto her—someone who pushes back against Plum's efforts to be invisible, who anonymously leaves Plum a book that challenges all she's ever thought to be true about women and weight loss. Little does she know how close finding her voice will bring her to the enigmatic and stunning acts of revenge. This novel is like a roller coaster. Before you know it, you're racing through an edgy and exciting mix of mystery, crime, and social critique of gender and beauty standards at breakneck speed. Vivid characters and sometimes surprising acts of violence make the story pop.
VERDICT Ideal for readers seeking something more socially aware and gender-conscious in their women's fiction; book groups will find lots to discuss.

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