Skinny by Diana Spechler
A Novel (P.S.)

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Skinnywill be my go-to recommendation all year for anyone who wants smart, endearing,beautifully written women's fiction." —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of TheOne That I Want and Time of My Life

"Spechler…transcends melodrama and clichewith striking sensitivity and delicate touch." —Boston Globe

To escape thegrief she feels following her father’s death, twenty-six year old Brooklynite Gray Lachmann becomesa counselor at a summer camp for overweight children, where she discovers shehas her own demons to battle both emotionally and physically. In Skinny, the ambitious, accomplished, anddarkly  humorous second novel fromreader-favorite Diana Spechler—author of Who ByFire and acontributor to Rumpus Women Volume 1—a vividly realized cast of characters mustcome to terms with eating disorders, buried secrets, and the trials of growingup.


About Diana Spechler

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Diana Spechler received her MFA from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San JosÉ State University from 2004 to 2005. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
Published April 26, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Instead of relating to her charges at a teenage weight-loss camp, 20-something Gray Lachmann studies them through the same empathy-free eyes with which she views herself in Spechler's shallow second novel (after Who by Fire).

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New York Journal of Books

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It might also refer to the real skinny on the odd personalities that are front and center leading the so-called weight loss revolution in a country such as the United States, where everything is supersized and Coca Cola is sold in high school cafeterias.There were moments when Skinny is reminisce...

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Chick Lit Central

Having said that, I also felt Gray often tended to waffle.

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He tells the campers to write letters to fat people who have “invaded our bodies.” Fat people are the enemy and the campers must express their hatred of the fat-cell lovers in order to “set [themselves] free.” These letters, however, are not for the benefit of the campers, but rather a way for Le...

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