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Are you EVER Going to be Thin? (and other stories)

by:
Jennifer Semple Siegel (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2092-9 ©2004
Price: $15.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 249 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Samantha Anne Mallory’s family reunion + voices from her past, present, and future = her 40-something journey through time, backward and forward, her burden of weight–literally and metaphorically.

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Synopsis of “Are You EVER Going to be Thin?” (and other stories), by Jennifer Semple Siegel

“Are You EVER Going to be Thin?” chronicles Samantha Anne Mallory’s, an artist, battle with weight, family, molestation, love, marriage, sexuality, the Catholic church, traumatic cultural events, and death.

A family reunion awakens the voices of Samantha’s relatives, dead and alive. The title story interweaves childhood letters from an aunt with a grandmother’s warnings.

“Time, An Other,” the opening story, describes Samantha’s first memory; other stories move forward and backward and forward in time. “Psychedelic Bingo” moves forward to 2035; “Time, Suspended,” the last story (set in 1990), reveals a family secret.

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Customer Reviews

  Layers of a Young Girl's Awakening , 07/22/2005
Reviewer: Birdie Baker
The novel, "Are You Ever Going to be Thin" follows the main character, Samantha Anne Mallory, from childhood through adulthood. In a unique and very engaging approach, the author portrays the thoughts of a young girl as she moves through the different era's of her life unfolding one secret after another and chronicles her efforts to try and piece it all it together. Not only does she live in and face a bizzare family structure, the story also lets in cultural events going on around her such as President Kennedy's assasination. What I find most moving about the novel is that through all of the turmoil, this young girl, and eventually woman, does seem to make her way through it, but not without examining and opening the wounds of her past. Weight issues are abound, as well as how one is affected by the all the characters in the family they grow up in. There are moments of love suspended right next to moments of sadness as she finds out about her mother's life and what she does for a living. All beautifully portrayed.

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