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Friday, May 27, 2016

Amazon.ca First Novel Award Winner

The winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award was announced yesterday.  It was given to Mona Awad for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

 
Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
In her hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform (https://www.amazon.ca/13-Ways-Looking-Fat-Girl/dp/0143194798/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464355205&sr=1-1&keywords=13+ways+of+looking+at+a+fat+girl).

2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award which honours the best Canadian debut novels of the year.  Appropriately, the prize is $40,000.

The other five finalists received $4,000 each; for summaries of these finalists, see my blog of April 25: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/04/amazonca-first-novel-award-finalists.html.