Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee
Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee. Pub.Dutton Books, 2008
This is a beautiful story, with a positive ending, that features some wonderful human qualities, while recognising some of the horrible qualities of human beings.
The theme of the story can be summed up in one sentence from this novel “When you’re normal-sized, no one cares what you eat; when you’re fat, it’s everybody’s business”
Rosemary is pretty, clever and funny but she weighs over 200 pounds and her only comfort is eating. Her mother dispairs over her, and her Aunt Mary is positively insulting. At school her fellow students ridicule her and the general public show her nothing but contempt as they do to fat people.
The message of this novel is that most fat people want to solve their eating disorder, Rosemary does, and keeping on about it solves nothing except keeping her on a vicious cycle to further weight gain.
Events occur that help Rosemary make the big decision. A client at her beauty salon has a heart attack, a cast off from the cheerleaders team becomes a friend and a jock from the basketball team shows an interest. The ending is wonderful.
Set in Tenessee, the language has the lovely drawl about it that makes you want to keep reading. I really enjoyed this novel which is aimed at the teenage reader.