Randy Susan Meyers with Dori Ostermiller

Join us Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm for an evening discussion and book signing with Randy Susan Meyers, author of Waisted: A Novel She will be in conversation with Dori Ostermiller, director of Writers in Progress.

About the Book

In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.

Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.

Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.

The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.

The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability...until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

About the Author

Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of WaistedAccidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.

Dori Ostermiller is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts, and the author of the novel,Outside the Ordinary World, (MIRA, 2010), an Indie Best Notable pick and an MLA must-read book.  Dori holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has worked as a professional editor and teacher for over two decades. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, includingThe Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, Bellowing Ark, Peregrine, Calliope, Roanoke Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, The American, The Massachusetts Review and Rumpus.  She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Fellowship, a Tobias Wolf Fiction award and a Walker Gibson award, among others.

Get Your Copy

Books will be available to purchase at the event, but if you would like to reserve a copy ahead of time, you may do so below.



Event date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Waisted: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501131387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - May 21st, 2019

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