As her 21st birthday approaches, Katy Ferreira has not left her bedroom for
close on two years. In fact, she has not left her bed – at 360 kilogrammes, she
Characterised by an indomitable spirit, Katy tries to make the best of a bad
situation. She does the crossword in the Herald newspaper her mother brings
home, consumes the food she craves – biscuits, pies, doughnuts, litres of fizzy
drinks – and waits in hope for insulin and a solution to her plight. To pass the
time she begins to compile her own crossword in one of the Croxley notebooks
that have been unused since she dropped out of school. Within each cryptic
clue is a message, an attempt to explain how it feels to be ‘the fat girl’, how
taking comfort in sweet things as a grieving and lonely child escalated into a
deadly relationship with food and a psychological and physical disease.
The process triggers splintered memories of dark family secrets and hints of
culpability. As Katy finds her voice – quirky, macabre, devastatingly astute and
viciously funny at times – the notebooks fill up.
Not to Mention is part diary, part memoir, part love-hate letter to the mother
who fuelled her daughter’s addiction as steadily as the world ostracised her.
The destructive power of shame and society’s harsh judgement of people who
are ‘different’ is matched by the immense courage of a young woman who is
determined to be heard.
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