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“Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an off-beat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers."
—Kirkus starred review
“Sarai Walker has written a call to arms. Devious, subversive, delightful, DIETLAND is a Scum Manifesto set to a pop music beat and Plum Kettle a feminist hero for the modern age.”
—ALICE SEBOLD, author of The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon and Lucky
“DIETLAND is a book I have been waiting for someone to write all my life, and it hit me hard right where I live, right where so many of us have wasted too much time living. It’s courageous, compassionate, intelligent, pissed off and much more fun than it has any right to be. I can think of twenty people I want to buy it for without even trying.”
—PAM HOUSTON, author of Contents May Have Shifted
“Sarai Walker’s audacious, hilarious—yet surprisingly touching—novel begins by spoofing the weightloss industry and moves on to a devastating fantasy in which an avenger known as ‘Jennifer’ targets men who prey on women. Through it all marches Plum, a fat woman who learns to love herself as she is, and whom I loved at all stages of her education. Keenly intelligent, daring, and original, DIETLAND has something important to say to us all.”
—ALICE MATTISON, author of When We Argued All Night and The Book Borrower
“Sarai Walker is an immensely talented writer and her debut novel, DIETLAND—filled with wit, wisdom and wonder—is a pleasure.”
—JILL MCCORKLE, author of Life After Life
“The first rule of DIETLAND is you should definitely talk about DIETLAND. And I suspect you’ll want to. Gather your book clubs, gather all the Jennifers you know! At first you’ll think you’re reading a story you’ve read before: a woman who works at a women’s magazine tries to lose weight. And then POW! DIETLAND lithely moves in ways and to places you won’t expect. DIETLAND is an impressive, ambitious first novel, and Sarai Walker has a wonderfully curious mind.”
—GABRIELLE ZEVIN, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
"Sarai Walker's groundbreaking new novel, Dietland, drew me in immediately. Follow the twists and turns as heroine Plum Kettle confronts the truth about her life and her fantasy of becoming thin. This is the stuff that is transformative for the individual, inspiring self-love and improved self-care. This is also the stuff revolutions are made of."
—LINDA BACON, Ph.D., author of Body Respect and Health at Every Size
Sarai Walker received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College. As a magazine writer, her articles appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a Ph.D. She currently lives in the New York City area. Dietland is her first novel.