Life-Size by Jenefer Shute

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Weighing in at sixty-seven pounds, twenty-five-year-old graduate student and anorexic Josie finds herself recovering from her disorder at a treatment center, where she rages against all forms of treatment. A first novel. Lit Guild.
 

About Jenefer Shute

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JENEFER SHUTE, a native of South Africa, is the author of three previousnovels: Life-Size, Sex Crimes, and Free Fall. User I.D., her latest novel, isbased on over three years of research on identity theft, the fastest-growingwhite-collar crime in America. Her journalism has appeared in Salon,Harper's Magazine, Tikkun, Allure, and the Boston Globe. She teaches writing and literature at Hunter College in New York City. Shute lives in Ancramdale, New York.
 
Published April 27, 1992 by Houghton Mifflin. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First-novelist Shute creates a harrowing saga of a woman so afflicted with anorexia nervosa that she almost starves to death, her food crawling with filthy associations and the act of eating itself hallucinatory in its obscenity.

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With nightmarish accuracy and bleak wit, this first novel--a Literary Guild selection in cloth--chronicles the traumatic hospitalization of an anorexic 25-year-old graduate student.

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With nightmarish accuracy and bleak wit, this first novel chronicles the traumatic hospitalization of 25-year-old Josie, an anorexic graduate student who has starved herself down to 67 pounds.

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The Independent

The institution's staff occupy the high ground of medical authority and common sense, whereas Josie's rhetoric is peppered with the slogans of Western body politics - 'Make your scale your best friend and your lover'.

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London Review of Books

She has gone far beyond temperance – the observation quoted above needn’t seem all that askew if you take it as a prescription for vegetarianism, not near-abstinence – into some ferocious realm of self-denial.

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