About the Book

The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe

The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe

And Other Stories of Women and Fatness
November 2003
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$16.95 U.S. · $20.50 CAN
ISBN 9781558614512
The Feminist Press at CUNY


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A daring new anthology of short stories, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe features women’s stories on the theme of women and fatness, edited by the award-winning scholar on U.S. women’s short story Susan Koppelman. Spanning from the 1890s through the 1990s, this vital collection explores the many psychological and emotional tensions in women’s -relationships to—and perceptions of—their physical selves. Addressing the peculiarities, the delights, and the shames of body politics that reside in the flesh, these stories of bodies that refuse to be contained deftly and astutely comment on popular notions of acceptable body types and behaviors. Whether celebrating bodies deemed transgressive or simply acknowledging that such bodies exist, these diverse literary representations of fatness render the unfettered body brilliantly, -unapologetically visible.

About the Authors

SUSAN KOPPELMAN is a pioneering literary historian, acknowledged as the leading authority on the women's short story in the United States. Her ten anthologies include Between Mothers and Daughters and The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.