deirdre_nyc (deirdre_nyc) wrote,

Book # 31: Fat Girl: A True Story, by Judith Moore

Judith Moore's striking memoir Fat Girl is a unflinching journey into the heart and mind of a very oppressed human being. Without sentimentality, she describes, bite by bite, her mother's inability to love her, repeated vicious beatings at the hands of that mother, everything she ate, her secret shame, and what life is like for an obese child.

It's a very quick and absorbing read. I felt like I was sitting in on the most intense therapy session ever experienced. The words fall from Moore's fingertips as fast and as furious as the protective pounds went on. How many people out there live day-to-day with the sort of damage burning inside their psyches?

Many, I suspect. I only hope that we can all find some relief in the experiences of others. It's always cleansing to be able to say, "I felt that way too."

Cross-posted to Blog, 50 Book Challenge
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