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Mona Awad’s debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Books) is a fascinating study of relationships and the interactions of daily life. Told from varying points of view, each chapter traces the shifting power dynamics between mother and daughter, woman and lover, customer and salesperson. Each encounter, even the careless comment
I opened the refrigerator and saw nothing but a pile of stripped oranges, a pyramid of them, all the pale yellow color of rind. They would be so easy to eat—pre-peeled, unarmored. The little gouges in their rinds matched the diameter of B’s fingernails exactly. But for some reason oranges now filled me with dread.
In “The Woods,” the first poem in Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (Greenwillow Books), Christine Heppermann asks, “Where are the fairy tales about gym class / or the doctor’s office or the back of the bus / where bad things also happen?” Much of the rest of the book serves as the answer.