By Danielle Steel
During this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle metal celebrates the virtues of unconventional attractiveness whereas exploring deeply resonant problems with weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.
A obese little lady with blond hair, blue eyes, and usual appears to be like, Victoria Dawson has consistently felt misplaced in her kinfolk, specially in body-conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and narrow, and her mom, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired attractiveness. either are self-centered, outspoken, and disenchanted through their daughter’s seems to be. whilst Victoria is six, she sees a photo of Queen Victoria, and her father has continuously stated she appears to be like similar to her. After the beginning of Victoria’s ideal more youthful sister, Gracie, her father loved to consult his firstborn as “our tester cake.” With Gracie, every body agreed that Jim and Christina obtained it right.
whereas her mom and dad and sister can devour something and never achieve an oz., Victoria needs to watch every little thing she eats, in addition to suffer her father’s belittling reviews approximately her physique and spot her educational achievements pass unacknowledged. Ice cream and outsized helpings of all of the flawed meals provide her convenience, yet purely in short. the single factor she is familiar with is that she has to escape from domestic, and after collage in Chicago, she strikes to manhattan urban.
Landing her dream task as a highschool instructor, Victoria loves operating along with her scholars and wages battle on her weight on the fitness center. regardless of pressure along with her mom and dad, Victoria is still on the subject of her sister. And even though they couldn’t be extra varied in appears, they love one another unconditionally. yet despite her accomplishments, Victoria’s mom and dad understand simply what to assert to deliver her down. she's going to consistently be her father’s “big girl,” and her mother’s consistent disapproval is both unkind.
When Grace broadcasts her engagement to a guy who's an actual reproduction in their narcissistic father, Victoria concerns approximately her sister’s destiny happiness, and with out guy of her personal, she seems like a failure once more. because the marriage ceremony attracts close to, an opportunity come upon, an act of lovely betrayal, and a kin war of words result in a turning aspect.
Behind Victoria is a life of harm and overlook she has attempted to put out of your mind, or even ice cream can not boring the soreness. forward is a problem and a threat: to simply accept herself as she is, rejoice it, and declare the victories she has fought so demanding for and merits. tremendous woman or no longer, she is remarkable and discovers that herself.
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