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Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
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Sep 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in September, 2012

This is the story of the ongoing transformation of Stevie Barret. It begins before the book does with a gastric bypass operation that causes Stevie to drop 170# after a near fatal heart attack. During the course of the book she creates a garden, art, and new relationships that give her the courage to process her horrendous past.
Those are the facts, but that's only the outline, not the book. The book is hilarious, and the characters are delightful-except for one or two that are horrendous. There are: Her friend from work who skates ferociously in the Roller Derby; Her cousin who's a weather lady but always keeps a paper bag handy for when she has panic attacks: and her other cousin who totes around samples of his new line of sexy blow-up dolls.
I found it a fascinating, satisfying book with equal parts inspiration, fun, and profundity. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.+

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