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FatLand: A Novel

FatLand by Frannie ZellmanFatLand: A Novel
by Frannie Zellman
Volume 1 of The FatLand Trilogy

January 2009

Original trade paperback | $19.95 | ISBN 9781597190152 | 220 pp |Adobe PDF, EPUB & Mobipocket ebook | $4.99 | ISBN 9781597190237

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In the near future the Pro-Health Laws of the United States of America have become so oppressive that people seeking freedom over their bodies have established a new country. In FatLand, life is good and scales are forbidden. Free from the hatred and discrimination of the Other Side, FatLanders have built happy, productive lives. But not everyone is flourishing.

Ava came to FatLand after her lover died from bariatric surgery. She threw herself into work, believing she was immune from love. Then she saw a beautiful dancer and lost her heart again.

Alvin and Reevie thought that by living in FatLand they could give their children and each other a chance for a life free of sizeism and racism. They didn’t count on their lovely twin daughters’ curiosity and yearning for excitement and danger.

Joanne and Ed carved out what they thought was a peaceful existence. But their bright children are anything but happy in the well-appointed home and tranquil life their parents had created in FatLand.

Well-to-do, attractive and sophisticated, Dara and Sandor thought they could make the FatLand Board dance to whatever tune they wished. But their way of life and beliefs are about to be tested more severely than either of them could have imagined.

Dreaming and determined, luscious Margaret fled to FatLand after her rich, powerful paramour married a thin woman he didn’t care for. She made a deal with her devil so she could publish the top flight newspaper FatLand badly needed. But then the devil called in the cards.

Soon these FatLanders and the freedom fighters on the Other Side will face forces threatening the health and happiness of all.

Also by Frannie Zellman

Fatland: The Early Days  |  Fat Poets Speak  |  Fat Poets Speak 2  |  Fat Poets Speak 3

Praise for FatLand

 “Come along—I know you’ll enjoy the ride to FatLand!”
Darliene Howell
NAAFA newsletter

“FatLand is fun to read: it’s a great adventure and it incorporates and combines the charms of mysteries, “soft” science fiction, thrillers, and erotica. I recommend it to anyone and everyone with enthusiasm. [It] belongs to the wonderful tradition of utopian/dystopian novels and short stories that goes all the way back to the nineteenth century…and farther….This literary tradition is rich, entertaining, and enlightening. I’m thrilled we now have a pioneering practitioner of that tradition dealing with bigotry aimed at and the oppression of fat people. This fantasy explores the false science behind that prejudice and discrimination and the various ways the prejudice encouraged by that false science can be countered and a better world achieved. It is an enthralling page-turner. Zellman explores so many kinds of conflict—those between people and their own natural bodies, those between one kind of natural body (slender) with another kind of natural body (fat), those between generations, those between business competitors, those between conflicting and contrasting political structures, and more. And don’t forget to take the time to read the wonderful meal descriptions!”

Susan Koppelman
Feminist literary historian
editor, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe: And Other Stories of Women and Fatness

“Frannie Zellman has woven an intriguing tale of a territory named FatLand, where fat people can live without being harassed. In fact, it’s against the law for weight to be mentioned. People of FatLand have raised their children in a society completely free of any kind of fat prejudice.

“Frannie has done an outstanding job of writing a story that, while futuristic, is close enough to home to be extremely thought provoking. FatLand makes me want to do more fat activist work to make sure we don’t wind up like the people on the Other Side―a country
where people are going to jail for breaking the Pro-Health Laws.”

Pat Ballard
10 Steps to Loving Your Body
(No Matter What Size You Are)

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