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The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession—from the inside out and with fists flying.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty and wise.”


  • “Finally, the feminist murder mystery/makeover story we’ve been waiting for.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A thrilling, incendiary manifesto disguised as a beach read…It’s a giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin, no matter its size. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “It will guarantee that you never look at a lipstick or a pair of stilettos or a bathroom scale the same way again.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Sarai Walker deftly marries body insecurities and humor in her satirical debut.”

    Us Weekly (A Hot Summer Novel Pick)

  • “A tale teeming with both sarcasm and honesty…Dietland transports readers to the front lines of the diet wars—a place where body positivity and a gratifying read are guaranteed.”


  • “An edgy and exciting mix of mystery, crime, and social critique of gender and beauty standards at breakneck speed. Vivid characters and sometimes surprising acts of violence make the story pop.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original, Walker’s ambitious debut avoids moralistic traps to achieve something rarer: a genuinely subversive novel that’s also serious fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Tara Sands’ versatile performance captures the powerful message and feminist themes of this compelling story…Sands’ range and command of voices dramatically capture the diverse characters…Sands’ deft control of pacing and volume conveys an air of ironic nonchalance that accentuates the story’s shocking actions against women as well as the satire of this entertaining story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Debut Authors
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 in Popular Fiction
  • One of O Magazine’s Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
  • A USA Today Notable Book
  • A Vulture.com Pick
  • On the New York Post’s “Required Reading” List
  • An Indie Next List Selection
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015
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About the Author

Sarai Walker received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Glamour, and Mademoiselle, among others. She was an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves and has taught creative writing and literature at several universities.