This is one of the few books I've read that has a fat person as the sympathetic main character. And although for the first 240 pages she seems doomed to the gloomy circumstances of her birth and girth, in the last three pages she is gloriously vindicated! In retrospect, it was fun--I feel like a wonderful joke was played on me! And it helped me to get into the experience of someone who is treated, both intentionally and unintentionally, as less than a person because she is fat.
And older classic. Back cover reads: Behind the gates of Temple Alice the aristocratic Anglo-Irish St. Charles family sinks into a decaying grace. To Aroon St. Charles, large and unlovely daughter of the house, the fierce forces of sex, money, jealousy and love seem locked out by the ritual patterns of good behaviour. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St. Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissable desires.