Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially
in body-conscious Los Angeles. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her
mother, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired beauty. Both are self-centered,
outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter’s looks. While her parents and
sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything
she eats, as well as endure her father’s belittling comments about her body and
see her academic achievements go unacknowledged.
Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give
her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get
away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City.
Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget, and
even ice cream can no longer dull the pain.
Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she
is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and
deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.
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