The Weight of It: A Story of Two Sisters

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Macmillan, Feb 5, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 203 pages
A deeply affecting memoir about the bond between two sisters—and the 150 pounds that nearly separated them

As young girls, a year apart in age, Alison and Amy Wilensky were almost indistinguishable. And they were inseparable: growing up in a comfortable Boston suburb, they were never far from each other’s side, wearing matching dresses, playing the same games, eating the same food. But Alison began gaining weight in elementary school and by the time she was sixteen was morbidly obese. The sisters remained close, but over the years the daily indignities and affronts endured by Alison took their toll, reshaping her identity indelibly and affecting the sisters’ relationship in unanticipated ways.

In her late twenties, Alison underwent gastric bypass surgery, in the wake of which she lost more than 150 pounds and achieved the shape she’d dreamed of for so much of her life. It wasn’t just her body that was transformed: every significant relationship in her life was profoundly altered.

The Weight of It is a universal story of how we discover what makes us who we are, and how we become the people we want to be. Amy Wilensky is uniquely equipped to write this book, and she does so with fine perception, insight, and compassion.

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After recounting her experiences with obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome in National Book Award nominee Passing for Normal (1999), Wilensky now chronicles her younger sister's ... Read full review

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These memoirs tackle the psychological effects of obesity. In Passing for Thin, Kuffel, a literary agent in New York City, writes of her damaging desire for food above all else. From age 12 on ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Amy Wilensky is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing program. Her first book, Passing for Normal, was received with critical acclaim and nominated for a National Book Award. A native of suburban Boston, she lives in New York City.

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