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Comments for Size Eight in a Size Zero World

Size Eight in a Size Zero World: 08/09/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)In Size Eight in a Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen, Lindsay Chandler lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children and dog. Her husband though is verbally abusive and emotionally distant. The man upstairs appears to be a way out; he's handsome and he acts interested in Lindsay's thoughts and emotions.

The book sets the stage for a portrayal of a woman struggling to find herself in the midst of a unsatisfying and quite possibly dangerous marriage.  It's a serious topic and Lindsay's choices ring true but the pay-off never seems to come through.

Given the husband's controlling nature, I expected him to react violently to Lindsay's rebellion. It's not that I wanted Lindsay to get hurt but for a frank portrayal of an abusive marriage the darkest parts should be brought to the forefront. Instead, Cagen pulls her punches and lets the story drag out to an ending that lacks the emotional catharsis it should have.

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