|About the Book|
An intimate and darkly comic memoir of a woman who does a 180 with her body.In the opening pages of Passing for Thin, Frances Kuffel waits at the airport to be picked up byher brother, Jim. He strides past her without a glimmer of recognitionMoreAn intimate and darkly comic memoir of a woman who does a 180 with her body.In the opening pages of Passing for Thin, Frances Kuffel waits at the airport to be picked up byher brother, Jim. He strides past her without a glimmer of recognition because she barely resembles the woman he is expecting to see. Jim had last seen her when she was 188 pounds heavier.What follows is one ofthe most piercing explorations of the limits and promises of a body since Lucy Grealys Autobiography of a Face. With unflinching honesty and a wickedly dark sense of humor, Frances describesher first fumbling introductions to the slender, alien body she is left with after losing half her weight, shining a light on the shared human experience of feeling, at times, uncomfortable in ones own skin.Buoyed by support from a group of fellow compulsive eaters she deems the Stepfords, Frances adjusts not only to her new waistline, but to a strange new world-the Planet ofThin-where she doesnt speak the language and doesnt know the rules. Her lifetime of obesity had robbed her of the joys of lovers, a husband, children--and even made it impossibleto enjoy a movie, when standing in line was too painful, or travel, when airplane seats were too small-and hadnt prepared her for the unexpected attention from strangers, the deep pleasure of trying ona tailored suit, the satisfaction of a good run on a treadmill, or for the saucy fun of flirting and dating. She joyfully moves from observer to player, while struggling to enjoy the freedom her new shape hasgiven her.As Frances gradually comes to know-and love--the stranger in the mirror, she learns that this body does not define her, but enables her to become the woman shes alwayswanted to be.