Jennifer Weiner has it just right. She perfectly captures how the "queen sized" woman can be sailing along feeling happy, healthy, glowing, athletic, sexy...any number of things...and then have her day ruined when a stranger, or a friend, calls attention to her heft.
Her book's heroine, Cannie Shapiro, is a big girl, successful in her career; warm and loving but weighed down with a lot more than just fat issues.
"Good In Bed" chronicles a year in which she is finally forced to deal with her feelings about her weight, but also the other sad memories of her life, primarily the emotional abuse inflicted on her with sadistic glee by her father.
It's a wild ride of a year with incredible ups and crashing lows, occurring just days apart. Relationships are created, nurtured, mended and some, with great sadness, ended.
At the end of the book we see Cannie in a place she and we couldn't have imagined her being just 12 months after the story began. Her "story", it seems, is now beginning anew. And yet the tale seems complete because as the events have unfolded, we've been there with her for the struggle. She's in such a calm, centered place by the end that we can believe she'll be okay.
I have just ordered a copy of this paperback to be sent to my friend in Basingstoke!