Synopses & Reviews
A nonfiction She's Come Undone
, Fat Girl
is a powerfully honest and compulsively readable memoir of obsession with food, and with one's body, penned by a Guggenheim and NEA award-winning writer.
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 a family and a sense of belonging and love, Fat Girl stuns and shocks, saddens and tickles.
"In her memoir of growing up fat, Moore, who previously wrote about food in Never Eat Your Heart Out, employs her edgy, refreshingly candid voice to tell the story of a little girl who weighed 112 pounds in second grade; whose father abandoned her to a raging, wicked mother straight out of the Brothers Grimm; whose lifelong dieting endeavors failed as miserably as her childhood attempts to find love at home. As relentless as this catalogue of beatings, humiliation and self-loathing can be, it's tolerable even inspiring in places because Moore pulls it off without a glimmer of self-pity. The book does have some high points, especially while Moore is stashed at the home of a kind uncle who harbors his own secrets, but the happiest moments are tinged with dread. Who can help wondering what will become of this tortured and miserable child? Alas, Moore cuts her story short after briefly touching on an unsatisfying reunion with her father and her two failed marriages. The ending feels hurried, but perhaps the publication of this book will give Moore's story the happy ending she deserves. Agent, Sarah Chalfant. (On sale Mar. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A book of painful and ferocious eloquence." Robert Hass, Poet Laureate of the United States
"Moore warns the reader not to expect a triumphant ending, and she's true to her word, though her book is strongly written and starkly compelling to the end." Kirkus Reviews
"Moore's tale is honest, engaging, and well crafted, if a little depressing." Library Journal
"Poignant, deeply felt, remarkably funny, Moore's memoir will resonate with anyone who's ever lived with self-hatred." Booklist
"Editor's Choice: Grade A. Moore's unflinching and disturbing memoir sets a new standard for literature about women and their bodies...[Moore] writes with terrifying, icy candor...[A] searing and saddening experience, one you will not easily forget." Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly
"Judith Moore ambushes you on the very first page of this memoir, and in short order has lifted you up and broken your heart with a portrait of the artist as a young pariah....[U]nflinchingly stark, yet sometimes lyrical and often funny." Peg Tyre, Newsweek
"[B]y the end of this riveting book you will have an intimate understanding of how the author's orgiastic pleasure in the luscious tastes and textures of food has fed the deep disgust, the self-hate that accompanied her submission to her desires. And her grace will kindle your compassion and respect." Valerie Monroe, O: The Oprah Magazine
“Frank, often funny—intelligent 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.
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.
About the Author
Judith Moore, recipient of two National Endowments for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship, is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Never Eat Your Heart Out, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Moore is the books editor and senior editor for the San Diego Reader and lives in Berkeley, California.