Conversation With The Fat Girl

Author: Liz Palmer

Publisher: 5 Spot/Time Warner

Release Date: September 13, 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Maggie is still working at a coffeehouse two years after getting a master's degree. When her ditsy landlady gives her short notice to move out of a small back house, Maggie is at first panicked, but then sees it as a nudge to look again for a "real job". First Maggie must help with the shower and other wedding plans for her best friend, Olivia.

Olivia and Maggie have been friends since they were twelve and were the fat girls no one else wanted to have as friends. After a fateful epiphany, Olivia had gastric bypass surgery. Olivia is size 4 and is planning a fairy tale wedding to a handsome doctor. Maggie is still fighting her weight and fears Olivia is replacing her with newer slim friends. Maggie's shaky self esteem is further tested by Domenic, a co-worker. Is he really interested in her or just being kind?
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FAT GIRL is the first book in Time Warner's 5 Spot line, which are billed as "smart, sassy books for women". The author certainly fulfills that promise in this novel. Maggie is a protagonist on a journey of self discovery where she must move her life forward and let go of the past. We all have self doubts and make good and bad choices, so it is easy to relate to her character, no matter where we are in our own life.
With a combination of wry wit and reflective contemplation, Ms. Palmer looks at friendship, love and life. It is refreshing to see romance and relationships explored for heroines who are not tiny and perfect.
This debut novel has been compared to JEMIMA J and GOOD IN BED, but Ms. Palmer has her own distinct voice. The author and 5 Spot are both wished continued success.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Roberta Austin

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