I don’t get to read Adult Novels too often, but Dietland by Sarai Walker is one of my favorites. It is also one of the many to get the Hollywood treatment. A series based on the novel will premiere in June on AMC.
The book is about Plum Kettle who does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There are graphic descriptions but also there is amazing satire and humor. In the age of the #MeToo movement, this is the perfect read.