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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Fat Girl by Andre Dubus Summary

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The Fat Girl by Andre Dubus Summary

Andre Dubus's story The Fat Girl describes the life of Louise, the eponymous character. As a child, she is chubby, which disturbs her mother, though her father doesn't mind. Throughout high school and college, she becomes actually fat, though she doesn't necessarily seem to care, she is always humiliated by her family and friends' reaction. She tends to be friends with much thinner girls and in college, her roommate, Carrie, starts her on a diet. Louise loses all of her excess weight, and she eventually marries a partner of her father's from his firm. However, she gets pregnant, and though she is terrified of gaining weight again, she inevitably does, and eventually becomes more comfortable with it, gaining more and more, though her husband expresses his disgust and they have nasty arguments about it.

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