Atria. May 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781501131387. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501131417. F
Alice and Daphne are both successful professionals, wives and mothers, and obsessed with their weight—the number on the scale takes precedence over everything else in their lives. The two women meet at an extreme weight-loss camp in Vermont where they agree to be filmed for a future documentary called Waisted. There, they are starved, humiliated, and force-fed speed. When they learn that the purpose of the documentary is not to chronicle their weight loss but to conduct a cruel experiment, they devise an escape plan and have the camp shut down. Back home and still fighting their own personal demons, the women, along with the other camp participants, release their own film, telling their side, and struggle to find what will make them whole.
VERDICT Meyers (The Widow of Wall Street) delivers a timely examination of body image, family, friendship, and what it means to be a woman in modern society. It will appeal to anyone who has ever dreaded stepping on a scale; even those who haven't will learn from it. Culturally inclusive and societally on point, this is a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18.]

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