Heroine: tall and plump
Spirited entertainment journalist Cannie Shapiro is completely floored when her
"ex" boyfriend lands a plum job writing for Moxie magazine, and
subsequently uses their former love life as fodder for his new
How dare he publicly expound upon his trials and tribulations of
"loving a larger woman"?!
Heartbroken and confused,
normally sassy Cannie, who was only looking to take a break from their
relationship, finds herself wandering through the achingly familiar
territory of abandonment once more.
What will it take for Cannie's
emotional inner compass to stop spinning in crazy circles and finally
point to happiness and true love
worked for me:
I thought that this was a delightful peek into the sometimes painful life and mind of a curvy young American woman, who is struggling to remain
sane while carrying around a ton of emotional baggage. Although she
was a deeply-flawed character, I felt sympathetic towards her and was
glad to see her finally begin to grow by the end of the novel.
Some other characters
worth noting were: Cannie's divorced-"turned"-lesbian mom, who made a pretty good
foil for her angst-ridden daughter by providing an example of a larger woman
who's gotten herself together, and the handsome, helpful doctor from the
weight loss clinic who kindly offered Cannie his support when he
discovered that she was "C." from the Moxie articles. ( I also loved the anecdote about the history of Cannie's odd
little dog and how he got his name.)
And how refreshing was it that it
was the guy who was the inexperienced half of the couple for a
Size-wise, well... it was
hard for me to really picture Cannie. She described herself as
feeling as though she was rather abundant, but then tacked on the fact
that she was quite tall and a size 16. I know that in our society
any woman bigger than a single digit size is considered "large", but I
think that a tall, large-framed size 16 woman sounds healthy and lovely, like Valkyrie supermodel and fashion correspondent Emme.
What didn't work for me:
might find a few plot points in the story to be predictable and perhaps
even a little unbelievable. (The Hollywood scenes, for example.) But
it was all right by me. I enjoy a big-girl-makes-good "comfort" read
as much as the next gal.
Perhaps not everyone will care
for Cannie's constant reflections upon her weight, but her actions and
attitudes are typical for a lot of women in Western society, especially
when there's some other emotionally painful situation at hand for them to
(not) deal with. And for those who feel her self-effacing is excessive
and merely for the sake of drama, I can honestly say that it is not. This book just
barely scratches the surface of that societal condition known informally as "girl
disease". (This is not to say that men do not experience similar feelings.
They certainly do. But this particular slang terminology stems from how
publicly vocal women are with their feelings about fatness, and
eavesdropping in any restaurant, department store fitting room, or public
restroom will bear testimony to this fact.)
"Good in Bed" is a witty, bittersweet
Singleton faerie-tale that reads quickly but stays with you long after you
Warning: there is some coarse
language, a few steamy scenes, and some discussion of lesbianism in this book.
Special Note: I'm glad that I have finally
read and reviewed this particular book, because it is the
one that started my quest for
plus-size literature. I saw a review on it in MODE magazine and
found myself wondering if there were more stories of this sort around.
That innocent thought has led me through nearly a year and a half of
querying authors, readers, librarians, and publishers. The results
of those queries are what made this website possible.
If you liked "Good in Bed" you might also enjoy:
"Love at Large",
"The Way It Is",
"Coffee and Kung Fu",
"Last Chance Saloon",
"Bridget Jones's Diary", "Jemima J.", "Having It and Eating It",
and "Getting Over It".
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