At first my eyes wouldn't make sense of the
letters. Finally, they unscrambled. Loving a Larger Woman,
said the headline, by Bruce Guberman. Bruce Guberman had been
my boyfriend for just over three years, until we'd decided to take
a break three months ago. And the larger woman, I could only
assume, was me.
Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp,
plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writing about
other people's lives on the pages of the Philadelphia
Examiner. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine
to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex
life is the day her life changes forever.
Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world, Bruce
has written. And Cannie -- who never knew that Bruce saw her as a
"larger woman," or thought that loving her was an act of courage --
is plunged into misery, and into the most amazing year of her
For the previous twenty-eight years, things had been tripping
along nicely for Cannie. Sure, her mother's come charging out of
the closet, and her father's long since dropped out of her world.
But she loves her job, her friends, her tiny rat terrier, Nifkin,
and her life in Philadelphia. She loves her apartment, and her
commodious, quilt-lined bed. She has made a tenuous peace with her
non-size 6 body. And she'd even felt okay about ending her
relationship with Bruce. But now this.
After finding herself publicly humiliated, with the most
intimate details of her life in print, Cannie embarks on a series
of hilarious and heartbreaking adventures. From showdowns with her
snooping office nemesis to run-ins with her mother's
less-than-lovable life partner, from trips to the glamour spots of
New York City and Los Angeles to a disastrous reconciliation with
the man who took her heart and tossed it onto the New Jersey
Turnpike, Cannie navigates an odyssey she never planned on taking.
She mourns her losses, faces the past, and figures out who she
really is, and who she can become.
Radiant with wit, bursting with surprises, and written with
bite and bittersweet humor, Jennifer Weiner's deliciously readable
debut novel reaches beyond Cannie's story and into the heart of
every woman. It features an unbelievably funny cast of supporting
characters, the strangest dog you'll ever encounter, and, best of
all, Cannie Shapiro -- a heroine you'll never forget.