This Jamaica Plain based bookclub is for those interested in discussing literature from an intersectional feminist perspective. This is a book club for those who identify as a feminist and ally to marginalized groups. We discuss both fiction and non-fiction works that fall under one or more of the following categories: 1. Written by authors who identify as female or LBGTQ, and/or belong to a race, ethnicity or religion that has been underrepresented in mainstream literature 2. Explore gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, etc. 3. Advocate gender equality and social justice. All genders welcome. If you're interested in learning more please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: since we alternate every other month fiction/non-fiction, next month we will try out picking our next fiction for June at the end.*
Our April ficton pick is Dietland by Sarai Walker.
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. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.