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Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan


Growing up in rapidly gentrifying 90s Harlem, Malaya struggles to fit into a world that makes no room for her. She's funny, creative and smart, but all people see - even those who love her - is her size. At eight, she is forced to go to Weight Watchers; at twelve, her parents fear she'll be taken from them; by sixteen, a gastric bypass is discussed.


But tensions at home are mounting as rapidly as Malaya's weight, and soon a family tragedy forces her to finally face the source of her hunger on her own terms...


An extraordinary debut novel shot through with remarkable nuance and tenderness, 'Big Girl' is the unforgettable portrait of a queer Black girl as she learns to take up space in the world.




'Absolutely incredible. Beautiful, powerful writing. These pages will stay with me forever' - Candice Carty-Williams, author of 'Queenie'


'A gift as big, beautiful and complicated as living itself' - Jacqueline Woodson, author of 'Red at the Bone'

'Hilariously funny and quietly devastating' - Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of 'Patsy' and 'Here Comes the Sun'

  • Details

    Imprint: Virago

    ISBN: 9780349017860

    Pages: 272

    Format: Paperback

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