• 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

  • By: Mona Awad
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-13-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
  • 1.5 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
Short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Longlisted for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour
Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (aka Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks - even though her best friend, Mel, says she's the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she's afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: She knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.
©2017 Mona Awad (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada
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Critic Reviews

"Beautifully told, with a profoundly sensitive understanding of the subject matter, it's clear that all of the anticipation for this particular fiction debut was entirely warranted." (The Globe and Mail)
"A brilliant and disturbing first novel." (Literary Review of Canada)
"Once in a while an elusive moment occurs when an author boldly states the exact thought that has often gone through our own minds." (Blair Mlotek, The National Post)
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By Maggie Reid on 11-12-17

Terrible

I kept listening and hoping for better. There was no character development or even hope for a better life! I really thought all the sadness would lead to some sort of realization but it just ended leaving an unhappy person only older but definitely not wiser

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