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Plum Kettle is 300 pounds and has been on a diet for her whole life. She's waiting to be thin in order to begin her "real life" and is, consequently, planning to get a very expensive weight-loss surgery. She has a whole wardrobe waiting for her new self, who she's named "Alicia." But before her dreams of thinness can be achieved, Plum is sought out by a group of radical feminists who bring her into their fold, where she learns to stop hating fat and to get angry at men and at patriarchy, instead of herself.
In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with the author of Dietland, Sarai Walker. Sarai holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and has been published in numerous publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and then Paris to complete a PhD. Dietland is her first novel.
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