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Fat Chick
By Lorraine Duffy Merkl
Vineyard Press
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:   4 stars
In the prologue, the reader sees Advertising Account Executive Trish Collins when she is a “fat cat” who tells us…
“I had been in advertising a mere seven years and I was still under thirty.  I had never looked better.  Felt Better.  Been better.”
Chapter 1 takes us to meet Trish at 28, when she is far from at the top of the world, the “fat chick” who is bypassed for a promotion.  In thirty-six short, enjoyable chapters we get to know Trish.
Sometimes the reader will feel sorry for her.  Other times the reader will get angry at her.  At all times, the reader will want to know what happens next, propelled into Trish’s life as if living it with her.
Lorraine Duffy Merkl not only provides an interesting story, but also gives much more for the reader to ponder as to the ways we allow our society to cause so much self-image anxiety related to our body size and the unrealistic expectations we put onto ourselves because of it.  Best of all, this underlying search for middle ground in unearthed in a compelling read.