In this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle Steel celebrates
the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply
resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.
A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary
looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family,
especially in body-conscious L.A. 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. When Victoria is six, she sees a photograph
of Queen Victoria, and her father has always said she looks just
like her. After the birth of Victoria's perfect younger sister,
Gracie, her father liked to refer to his firstborn as "our tester
cake." With Gracie, everyone agreed that Jim and Christina got it
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.
Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves
working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym.
Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her
sister. And though they couldn't be more different in looks, they
love each other unconditionally. But regardless of her
accomplishments, Victoria's parents know just what to say to bring
her down. She will always be her father's "big girl," and her
mother's constant disapproval is equally unkind.
When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact
replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her
sister's future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels
like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance
encounter, an act of stunning betrayal, and a family confrontation
lead to a turning point.
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.
Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
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||243 x 163 x 30mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
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