For any woman who has ever had a love/hate relationship with food and with how she looks; for anyone who has knowingly or unconsciously used food to try to fill the hole in his heart or soothe the craggy edges of his psyche, Fat Girl is a brilliantly rendered, angst-filled coming-of-age story of gain and loss. From the lush descriptions of food that call to mind the writings of M.F. K.Fisher at her finest, to the heartbreaking accounts of Moore's deep longing for family and a sense of belonging and love, Fat Girl stuns and shocks, saddens and tickles.
“Frank, often funnyintelligent and entertaining.”
Vick Boughton, People (four out of four stars)
“Moore's unflinching memoir sets a new standard for literature about women and their bodies. Grade:A.”
Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly (editor's choice)
“Searingly honest without affectation . . . Moore emerged fromher hellish upbringing as a kind of softer Diane Arbus, wielding pen instead of camera.”
Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, The Seattle Times
“Stark . . . lyrical, and often funny, Judith Moore ambushes you on the very first page, and in short order has lifted you up and broken your heart.”
Peg Tyre, Newsweek
“God, I love this book. It is wise, funny, painful, revealing, and profoundly honest.”
“Judith Moore grabs the reader by the collar, and shakes up our notion of life in the fat lane.”
“A slap-in-the-face of a bookcourageous, heartbreaking, fascinating, and darkly funny.”
Judith Moore's book just might be the Stonewall for a slew of oversize people who do not fit the template of what every ostensible expert on beauty, health and nutrition tells us we should strive to be. Fat Girl is brilliant and angry and unsettling.