By Danielle Steel
During this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle metal celebrates the virtues of unconventional attractiveness whereas exploring deeply resonant problems with weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.
A obese little woman with blond hair, blue eyes, and usual appears, Victoria Dawson has constantly felt misplaced in her kinfolk, specifically in body-conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and narrow, and her mom, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired attractiveness. either are self-centered, outspoken, and dissatisfied by way of their daughter’s seems. while Victoria is six, she sees a photo of Queen Victoria, and her father has consistently stated she seems to be similar to her. After the start of Victoria’s ideal more youthful sister, Gracie, her father beloved to consult his firstborn as “our tester cake.” With Gracie, every person agreed that Jim and Christina received it right.
whereas her mom and dad and sister can consume whatever and never achieve an oz, Victoria needs to watch every little thing she eats, in addition to suffer her father’s belittling reviews approximately her physique and spot her educational achievements pass unacknowledged. Ice cream and outsized helpings of the entire incorrect meals supply her convenience, yet in simple terms in brief. the single factor she understands is that she has to escape from domestic, and after university in Chicago, she strikes to big apple urban.
Landing her dream activity as a highschool instructor, Victoria loves operating together with her scholars and wages battle on her weight on the health club. regardless of rigidity together with her mom and dad, Victoria continues to be with regards to her sister. And although they couldn’t be extra diversified in seems, they love one another unconditionally. yet despite her accomplishments, Victoria’s mom and dad recognize simply what to assert to deliver her down. she is going to regularly be her father’s “big girl,” and her mother’s consistent disapproval is both unkind.
When Grace publicizes her engagement to a guy who's an actual reproduction in their narcissistic father, Victoria concerns approximately her sister’s destiny happiness, and without guy of her personal, she sounds like a failure once more. because the marriage ceremony attracts close to, an opportunity stumble upon, an act of wonderful betrayal, and a kinfolk war of words result in a turning element.
Behind Victoria is a life of harm and forget she has attempted to omit, or even ice cream can not uninteresting the discomfort. forward is a problem and a threat: to simply accept herself as she is, have fun it, and declare the victories she has fought so difficult for and merits. monstrous woman or no longer, she is remarkable and discovers that herself.
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