FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MARTI NOXON,
STARRING JOY NASH AND JULIANNA MARGULIES
A Best Book of the Year
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“Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away.” — Jennifer Weiner
The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.
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Make no mistake—this is not a cute, funny book about dieting; this is a provocative novel about misogyny. 300-pound Plum Kettle, our sympathetic protagonist, becomes a sort of case-study on how the beauty/diet industry harms women. But this book goes far beyond trite observations. As Plum embarks on a journey of discovery, strange things are happening out in the world. A group or person calling themselves “Jennifer” is perpetrating terrorist acts against men who hurt women. Attention is suddenly being paid. Dietland starts out light, but grows progressively darker and more substantive. It’s like a bitter pill in a candy coating. There is humor to leaven the tale, and it was an entertaining read, but this is no fluffy cupcake. It’s food for thought.