The Weight Of It: A Story Of Two Sisters

Authors: Amy Wilensky
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Keywords: sisters, story, weight
Pages: 224
Published: 2005-01-07
Language: English
Category: Memoirs, Biographies & Memoirs,
ISBN-10: 0805077723     ISBN-13: 9780805077728
Binding: Paperback
List Price: 13.00 USD
  • Rating: 60%
A "candid, funny, and altogether un-putdownable" (Glamour) memoir about the bond between two sistersand the 150 pounds that nearly separated them

As young girls, a year apart in age, Alison and Amy Wilensky were almost indistinguishable, and they were inseparable. But during elementary school, Alison began gaining weight, and by the time she was sixteen was morbidly obese. The sisters remained close, but over the years the daily indignities and affronts that Alison endured took their toll, reshaping her identity indelibly and affecting the sisters' relationship in unanticipated ways.

Then, in her late twenties, Alison underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost 150 pounds. Everyone who knew her-and particularly Amy-would have to confront the many dimensions of this transformation and acknowledge that the person who emerged was, to some degree, a stranger. The Weight of It is a universal story of how we discover who we are and who we want to be.

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