Plum Kettle is a 300-pound woman in her late 20s who dreams of a life in which she is thin and confident. Swearing off parties, clubs, bars, beaches, amusement parks, and airplanes because she’s embarrassed by her weight, Plum rarely leaves her apartment except to go to a local coffee shop where she answers emails to the editor of a teen magazine for a living. The salary isn’t much, but the health insurance will help her reach her true goal: weight-loss surgery. Plum fully expects to live the life she’s been waiting for after the surgery. At the very least she’ll finally be able to wear all the “thin clothes” she has bought online. But Plum’s plans are derailed when she confronts the strange girl who has been following her.
At its heart, Dietland has a straight-forward message about the evils of female body objectification in popular media. Don’t expect a sweet, demur story here; this book has a bone to pick, and the plot will surprise you.