We first picked up a copy of Dietland when our friends over at Of A Kind suggested it was worth a Saturday in bed. Claire called it “a violent feminist parable Trojan-horsed inside glossy chick” which isn’t a bad way to go about describing a book that makes you really think about how you feel about your own assumptions of beauty, your body and of course the most wonderful place on earth: the beauty closet of a major magazine. We are a little late to the game here as it was hugely popular over the summer getting accolades like
- An Amazon Top 100 Editors’ Pick of the Year
- One of Entertainment Weekly‘s “10 Best Books of 2015”
- One of Bustle’s “2015’s 25 Best Books, Fiction Edition”
- A New York Post “Best Novel to Read This Summer”
- An Us Weekly “Hot Summer Novel”
Trust us when we say it is glossy, fun, subversive and might just be Lady Fight Club? Amazon’s review calls it funny send-up of the beauty industry and the media that support it. Well, ok, it is that, at least for the first 50 pages or so, but it soon becomes one of the more intelligent, and not a little subversive, depictions of women in our society.