What are You Looking At?: The First Fat Fiction Anthology

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Donna Jarrell, Ira Sukrungruang
Harcourt, 2003 - Fiction - 274 pages
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This anthology of thirty works by some of our best contemporary American writers looks at our perennial American obsession: fat. It's everywhere, all around you, and maybe even on you. Now, America's consuming passion at last has its own anthology. From Andre Dubus's delicious story of a young woman more comfortable in her fat body than her thin one
("The Fat Girl"), to Tobias Wolff's tale of bonding over pancakes ("Hunters in the Snow"), Dorothy Allison's poem about food and love ("Dumpling Child"), Peter Carey's surreal tale of a fat-man revolution ("The Fat Man in History"), Wesley McNair's poetic celebration "Fat Heaven", and George Saunders's "The 400-pound CEO," this bountiful feast of fiction and poetry will ensure no reader ever looks at fat quite the same way again.

Including stories and poems by
Dorothy Allison
Frederick Busch
Peter Carey
Raymond Carver
Junot Díaz
Andre Dubus
Pam Houston
Jill McCorkle
George Saunders
Tobias Wolff

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This singular and delightful anthology of stories and poems told by and about "fat" people is compelling in its honesty and surprising in its range-morbid narratives of murder and dark compulsions ... Read full review


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Donna Jarrell is a self-described fat American whose fiction won Case Western Reserve University's Kennedy Prize for Outstanding Creative Project. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Ira Sukrungruang's work has appeared in numerous literary journals. He lives in Oswego and teaches at State University of New York-Oswego.

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