You're invited to the bookshop for an evening of conversation with author Randy Susan Meyers on Thursday evening, June 27th at 6:30pm. Randy will be talking about her latest novel, Waisted, and signing copies after her talk.
In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers. Alice and Daphne, both successful working mothers, both accomplished and seemingly steady, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them. Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned at her mother’s knee that only slimness earns admiration. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight. The two women meet at Privation. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-alifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary. The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands. A compulsively readable and ultimately poignant examination of body image, family, and friendship.
About the author:
Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WAISTED:
“WAISTED is a big-hearted triumph of a novel. Meyers tackles painful truths and thorny issues while weaving a smart and engaging story about weight loss, self-acceptance and the fortifying power of female friendship.” -Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of Harmony and The Dogs of Babel
“Suspenseful. Witty. Warm. Wonderful. Disturbing. Thoughtful. Compelling. Riveting. Seriously important. Inspiring. It made me hungry. Then made me never want to eat again. I recognized myself. Then hated myself. Then loved myself. This is a must read for every woman who ever stepped on the scale with her eyes closed. And every woman who hasn’t.”
-M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues
“The perfect blend of great storytelling and incisive commentary, WAISTED peels back the layers of women’s feelings about their bodies, their relationships, and ultimately their self-worth. Readers will ride a tilt-awhirl of emotions – fist pumping chief among them – as Alice and Daphne wage war on their inner demons and on the heartless filmmaker who would exploit their deepest wounds for his own gain.” -Juliette Fay, author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters
“How far will women go to achieve the weight loss they think will bring them happiness? This incisive story of friendship and self-esteem gets at the heart of body image with the pacing of a thriller.” -Nicole Bernier, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
“When body image goes rogue in this tense and riveting novel, three women wade into a swamp of selfdestruction as they attempt to save what they love most.” -E.B. Moore, author of An Unseemly Wife