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Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
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Mar 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: women-s-fiction
Read from March 03 to 05, 2011

In this fourth offering from Cathy Lamb, Stevie Barrett had a heart attack at age 32 at the amazing weight of 320 pounds. Now, two years, a divorce and 170 pounds later, Stevie is struggling to find herself and emerge from the painful past that caused her to eat her pain and try to lose herself and her past in food. The book also follows the journey of some of Stevie's friends and relatives, who similarly struggle with their painful pasts and their fears about the future. The journey to a new Stevie is fraught with peril, as Stevie has to revisit some truly tragic incidents from her past and also confront some of the monsters from her present. She, along with her cousins Polly and Lance, are wonderful people with serious issues and Cathy Lamb tackles those issues in a way that makes you want to stand up and cheer. At one in the book, Stevie finally confronts a family member who has mistreated her since she was 11. I literally jumped out of my chair and did a silent victory dance -- it was that moving.

Cathy Lamb has fast become one of my favorite authors. She is enitrely unique in her ability to tackle incredibly difficult, painful subjects in a way that is genuine and heartfelt and gut-wrenching but without being too depressing, maudlin or trite. Her characters are always quirky and amazingly full and real and the books are filled with as many funny moments as painful ones. You don't just read a book by Cathy Lamb -- you consume it, and it consumes you. As with her other books, I simply could not put this book down and, when I finally finished it, it took a moment to get back to real life. Her books pack a huge punch and are utterly, completely unforgettable.
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Wanda Wow just by your review, makes me want to read it. You wrote an amazing review. Thank you

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