Dimensions: 336 pages, 3.78 × 2.5 × 0.47 in
Published: February 23, 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385343183
ISBN - 13: 9780385343183
About the Book
A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson knows she has been a disappointment to her family. As an adult, Victoria struggles to accept herself as she is and win the personal victories she has fought so hard for and deserves.
Read from the Book
Chapter One Jim Dawson was handsome from the day he was born. He was an only child, tall for his age, had a perfect physique, and was an exceptional athlete as he grew older, and the hub of his parents’ world. They were both in their forties when he was born, and he was a blessing and surprise, after years of trying to have a child. They had given up hope, and then their perfect baby boy appeared. His mother looked at him adoringly as she held him in her arms. His father loved to play ball with him. He was the star of his Little League team, and as he grew older, the girls swooned over him in school. He had dark hair and velvety brown eyes and a pronounced cleft in his chin, like a movie star. He was captain of the football team in college, and no one was surprised when he dated the homecoming queen, a pretty girl whose family had moved to southern California from Atlanta in freshman year. She was petite and slim with hair and eyes as dark as his, and skin like Snow White. She was gentle and soft spoken and in awe of him. They got engaged the night of graduation and married on Christmas the same year. Jim had a job in an ad agency by then, and Christine spent the six months after graduation preparing for their wedding. She had gotten her bachelor’s degree, but her only real interest during her four years in college was finding a husband and getting married. And they were a dazzling pair with their flawless all-American good looks. They were a perfect complement to
From the Publisher
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
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 right.
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
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.
About the Author
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular
authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many
international bestsellers include Southern Lights, Matters
of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, Honor
Thyself, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also
the author of His Bright Light, the story of her
son Nick Traina's life and death.