Dietland by Sarai Walker
Plum, real name Alicia, has always been large. She had tried numerous diets, including ones that require the buying of cardboard tasting food and paste flavored shakes, but none seem to work. She buys clothes in a much smaller size knowing that one day, after her soon to be performed weight loss surgery, she will be able to wear. It seems her whole life is on hold waiting for the day she is skinny. Then she meets the ladies of Calliope House and her life, everything she thought she knew about herself, will be turned upside down.
This book was classified as “humorous fiction” in almost every source I looked at. It is not. Or at least I didn’t think it was. A book with a hand grenade/cupcake hybrid on the cover should be laugh out loud funny but while light in tone it is quite serious. It is more than a book encouraging women to be happy with their bodies and forgo painful dieting and surgeries. Serious issues like the objectification of the female body and the inequality between the sexes are addressed. People die, women become terrorists, this is not a light chick lit book, but a cynical look at one way, one very violent way, the battle of the sexes could even out a bit.