Dietland (Hardcover)

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Walker delivers a suspenseful yet thoughtful novel about body acceptance and living life as a woman. I fell in love with Plum Kettle and her journey to finding a life worth living. With an unflinching look at misogyny and its impact on society, this is an essential read for anyone. Discussion of sexual assault and exploitation in pornography may be intense, but is central to the plot and illuminates the war on women. This is guaranteed to make you think.

— Charysse

June 2015 Indie Next List


“Meet Plum, a woman who has forever defined herself by her obesity and who gets through her daily routine by looking forward to the life that will come after her weight-loss surgery. When Plum discovers that she is being followed by a strange girl, her life is changed forever. While Plum embarks on her journey of self-acceptance, a violent feminist crusade takes the world by storm. As the two storylines converge, readers witness an unexpected transformation. This is a fun, no-apologies-offered debut!”
— Tess Fahlgren, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT

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A Best Book of the Year
Entertainment Weekly - Bustle - Amazon - Women's National Book Association - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Kobo - LitReactor

"Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking -- Dietland completely blew me away." -- Jennifer Weiner

The diet revolution is here. And it's armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House -- an underground community of women who reject society's rules -- and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming "beautiful." At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

"A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin" (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession -- with fists flying.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780544373433
ISBN-10: 054437343X
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English