Synopses & Reviews
"This is a horrible pack of lies."
Scott Peck, Cheryl's brother
Cheryl Peck has many stories to tell of her naughty cat, her quirky family, and her experiences as a large gay woman in the American heartland. Now in a potpourri of real tales by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Cheryl talks about family and growing up, love and loss. With self-deprecating humor and compassionate insight, she remembers the time she hit her baby-sister in the head with a rock, how her father taught her how to swim by throwing her into deep water, and the day when while weighing in at 300 pounds she became an inspirational goddess at her local gym. Filled with universal stories about a daughter's love for her parents and the eternal quest for finding meaning in it all, this book reveals many seemingly unremarkable moments that make a life the weighty events that, like fat girls sitting on lawn chairs, just won't let go.
"Peck's debut collection of humorous personal essays and poems is nothing if not irreverent....[T]he author's self-deprecating wit and ability to see the drama in everyday situations make this collection so inviting." Publishers Weekly
"Whether reading Peck on the lure of gardening (an occasion signaled by pet cat Babycakes' shedding each spring) or on building a boat with her father, most readers will find this enjoyable first book worth their attention." Whitney Scott, Booklist
"The literary equivalent of chocolate kisses...yummy, vital, and nearly impossible to put down." Susan Jane Gilman, author of Kiss My Tiara
In the tradition of heartwarming, funny memoirs by authors like Garrison Keillor comes this book about the misadventures of a woman of size. Cheryl Peck has stories to tell about her cats, about her family, and about what it's like to be a gay woman of size living in the heartland. There's the story of the time she hit her kid sister in the head with a rock. Then there's the time her father taught her how to swim by throwing her into the water. When she came shrieking and spluttering to the surface, he said, "Good she can swim." And then there are tales about her size sometimes triumphant like how 300 pound Cheryl has become an inspirational goddess in her gym. And of course, there are those universal stories about a daughter's love for her mother and father. Cheryl Peck unfolds all these stories with a healthy sense of humor and intelligent wit in this book that reads like fiction and explores the themes of family, growing up, love, and loss.
Originally self-published for family and friends, Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs was singled out in Publishers Weekly by Tom Lowry, owner of Lowry's Books in Sturges, Michigan, who said that customers pick up the book and buy it based on the title alone.
A gay Erma Bombeck meets A Girl Named Zippy in this delightful debut about the misadventures of a woman of size.
The author describes the trials and tribulations of a gay woman of size living in America's heartland, reflecting on such topics as her cats, swimming lessons, and family.
About the Author
Cheryl Peck lives with her cat, Babycakes, in Three Rivers, Michigan, where she rarely sits on lawn chairs. She printed the first edition of Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs through a friend's publishing and vermicomposting company, figuring that she could always use unsold copies for worm bedding. This is her first book.