The Dieter

The Dieter

by Susan Sussman

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Thin, bright, thin, beautiful, thin Barbara Avers has it all, a successful husband, great kids, beautiful home -- and a two pack a day cigarette habit.

The book opens at 104 pounds, Barbara's weight the night she honors a beloved friend's passing by flinging her last carton of cigarettes into Lake Michigan. Instantly, like Alice down the rabbit hole, Barbara hurtles headlong into the alternate universe of hips and thighs, weight clinics and fad diets, elastic waistbands and camouflage over-blouses.

115-130 -- As the needle on the scale moves up, the facade of her life peels away like skin off a Vidalia onion. Her high-power attorney/politician husband spends more time with his pretty campaign manager. Her children seem to pull away. Her once solid self-image wobbles like rice pudding.

150-175 -- Barbara is befriended by a wise-cracking 300 pound fellow-dieter -- a woman forced to lose weight for health reasons -- whose boyfriend complains she's getting too thin. Then Barbara's old newspaper editor asks her to write a column and Barbara catches the eye of a battle weary crime reporter.

175-190 – ---- "...Sussman reveals a fresh, original voice, guaranteed to make you laugh, weep, and cheer for one of the most remarkable and appealing heroines ever to appear in contemporary fiction."

"A delightful novel, intelligent, witty, and very moving."
--Susan Isaacs

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015628890
Publisher: Susan Sussman
Publication date: 09/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 529 KB

About the Author

Susan Sussman received her first rejection from the SATURDAY EVENING POST when she was twelve, and sold her first article to the Chicago Tribune Magazine when she was seventeen. She's gone on to publish twenty-two books, hundreds of articles, won an EMMY for the adaptation of her children's book THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A CHANUKAH BUSH, SANDY GOLDSTEIN, won Science Teachers awards for her non-fiction children's books and pretty much just loves to write....anything....everything. Which is a good thing since she's lousy at sales and can't do math.

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The Dieter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
catsalive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had to read this once more before I give it away. I enjoyed Barbara's journey, and empathise with her hellish battle with her weight. How sensible of them to check if those fad diets were really what they purported to be. It's nice to see that husband of hers get his just desserts. It's nice to see Barb stop obsessing over her weight & believing everything will be peachy if she can be a stick insect again - then she starts living her life again. cover: On the night her best friend died from lung cancer, Barbara Avers flung her last carton of cigarettes into Lake Michigan. It was February and she weighed 105 pounds. Several months and too many pounds later, Barbara is moving through the terrifying world of Weight Watchers, Nutri/System and Nautilus. Her husband is drifting away, her children are ashamed of her, and Barbara is sure that losing weight would make her life perfect once more. But perfect it never was - and as she resumes her career, meets an irreverent crime reporter, and develops new friendships, Barbara's world begins to expand. So maybe size 8 doesn't mean happiness. Maybe thin isn't the ideal... and life does have new riches to be savoured... sweet, spicy, delectable life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down ... readable over and over ... packed with wit and heart.