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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Vineyard Press (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930067704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930067707
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I couldn't put it down. Merkl writes a story that is funny, honest and heartfelt. I loved the pure transparency about the constant frustrations about weight and food.  --gothamgal.com

Interesting story ... the underlying search for middle ground is unearthed in a compelling read. --Angie Mangino, Freelance Book Reviewer

Filled with witty dialogue as well as well-placed character development, "Fat Chick" is a story that could change your life.   -- Girlfriendbooks.com


I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy chick lit with a weight and/or diet main story line with a bit of glamour, bad behavior, WW points obsession and stereotyping thrown in for good measure. Overall, this book was a decent read! -- Rian Montgomery

This is a great debut novel that handles dieting, body image and love with wit and compassion. --The Chick Lit Club

From the Back Cover

Fat chick or skinny bitch. These have always been the only options for advertising account executive, Trish Collins, who desperately needs to find some middle ground -- with her weight as well as her life. (added by author)

More About the Author

Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a published author, freelance journalist and advertising creative director/copywriter for print, television, radio and interactive media.

Her debut novel, "Fat Chick" was published in 2009 by The Vineyard Press. She also writes a bi-monthly column -- "New York Gal" - for Manhattan Media's Our Town and West Side Spirit newspapers; and a weekly column -- "Mommy in the Middle" -- for Care.com. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Press, New York Family, Adweek, Big Apple Parent, MomSense, The Writers' Journal, divinecaroline.com, Elle, elle.com, more.com, Bitch magazine and huffingtonpost.

Among various awards, Ms. Duffy Merkl counts a Broadcast Design Award honoring work done for HBO, and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Award for her column. Her short stories have received honorable mention from The Writers Place and Reading Writers.

During her freelance advertising career she specialized in entertainment marketing for such notable companies as MTVNetworks; HBO/Cinemax; Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite/TV LAND; WE: Women's Entertainment; Columbia House; Food Network; A&E Networks; United Media; VH1; Showtime; Comedy Central; Peter Max Studio; Lifetime Television; USA Networks; and eScholastic.

Throughout her commercial career she also worked on products in the categories of: toys, travel, packaged goods, real estate, pharmaceuticals, cereals, electronics, as well as public service.

She is an active member in the Civil Support Division of The Legal Aid Society.

Lorraine Duffy Merkl hails from the Bronx, New York. She received a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University. Post-grad she supplemented her education with advertising courses at The School of Visual Arts and creative writing classes at NYU. She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, son and daughter.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable and easy read.
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She engages the reader with a theme we all relate to - weight and self esteem.
DaphneCM
I'm so glad to finally be able to read it.
Joi Marrano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Kirkland VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
We meet Trish Collins as she is on top of her world. Finally, a perfect size zero, she has a great job at an ad agency representing TREND, the most sought-after fashion magazine. She has a great relationship with her boyfriend, who is also the personal trainer who helped her get a toned and muscular body. She isn't hurting for anything....

The book then goes back and portrays Trish's life when she was fat. Losing her father early, she stuffed her pain with food. She continues to eat until she is large, every taunt and male rejection just fueling her appetite as she turns again and again to the friend that never rejects, food.

Finally, she has had enough and decides this is the time she will make a real difference. She joins a program, joins a gym, and over months, gets thin and thinner and thinner. Her life is now perfect, or is it?

Lorraine Duffy Merkl has created a woman that will find a touchpoint with most women. Most of us have wished for thinner bodies or wished we were even thinner, typing our self-worth to how many pounds show on the scale and what size we can buy in the department store. She shows Trish's struggles with sterotypical rejections and then flips the mirror and shows the pros and cons of being super-thin. The writing is breezy and the characters sometimes shallow, but this is intentional on the author's part as she shows the archtypes that rule women's places in society. This book is recommended for women readers and males that want to understand the enormous part weight and self-image play in almost every woman's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dyer on June 5, 2013
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Not another book about a fat young lady, the million diets she's been on and how miserable her life is? Nope. This lady is fun, interesting and smart. I enjoyed this book a lot and even went back to read certain parts again. Witty, funny and even thought provoking, this is a book for anybody of any weight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LMS on May 26, 2013
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in this world most of us can relate to Fat Chick we put things on hold until the goal weight. We will be happy at a goal size existing while we wait rather than living
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
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So well written that I finished it in 2 days! I will definitely be looking to read her other novels as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By startingover on November 9, 2013
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Had she thrown something in about a divorce I swear it's my life story to this point.......well other than I never reached a size zero. This novel has given me a new our look on "me". I first need to find my happy place , by forgetting what the world around me thinks and then I can rebuild me.
While this book is a fiction novel many who struggle with weight will find this as a "true story"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Vega on October 26, 2013
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I loved this book. It hit the nail on the head where weight loss struggles go. I would highly recommend this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Low carber Australia on December 25, 2012
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Not the type of book I would normally read as I guess you would categorise this ,as " chick lit" ? but as I am in weight loss mode I came across it and found it really engaging +++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2012
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The book was just a fun read especially for us gals that can totally relate. It kind of inspired me to try and find a balance in my own life. Let's see how long it lasts. :)
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