Big Girl: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
26 Reviews
In this heartfelt, incisive novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.†

A chubby little girl with ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her fatherís belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City.†

Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her younger sister, Grace. Though they couldnít be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. So when Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sisterís future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, a deeply upsetting betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point.†

Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.

  

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User Review  - Ginger Voight - Goodreads

Yeah, I'm calling it on page 197. Let me preface this review by saying that I grew up on Danielle Steel, who wrote some of my favorite books of all time (Full Circle, Family Album, Palomino.) I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sheila - Goodreads

I'd read a bit of Danielle Steel's work years ago, and was looking for something to listen to as I painted tedious trim work and the spindles in the staircase banister. Something that would carry me ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
17
Section 4
42
Section 5
59
Section 6
65
Section 7
75
Section 8
89
Section 15
183
Section 16
200
Section 17
209
Section 18
225
Section 19
233
Section 20
241
Section 21
249
Section 22
258

Section 9
99
Section 10
109
Section 11
133
Section 12
141
Section 13
153
Section 14
177
Section 23
271
Section 24
278
Section 25
297
Section 26
318
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About the author (2010)

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the worldís most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, Honor Thyself, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Trainaís life and death.


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