Big Girl

Big Girl

Hardback Published on: 06/07/2023
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Big Girl
Extraordinarily Accomplished
Ironically, Malaya's life is made small by the people around her who think about her solely in relation to her growing weight. They are so focussed on her ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


'A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.' It was a quote by Zora Neale Hurston. Malaya liked the words. The message was a mouthful of meaning, and it changed each time she read it. At first it had seemed ominous, but now she looked at it differently. She wondered for the first time if there could be something good about bigness, something mighty about not shrinking, after all. Growing up in rapidly gentrifying 90s Harlem, Malaya struggles to fit into a world that makes no room for her. She's funny, creative and smart, but all people see - even those who love her - is her size. At eight, she is forced to go to Weight Watchers; at twelve, her parents fear she'll be taken from them; by sixteen, a gastric bypass is discussed. On good days, Malaya braids bright colours into her hair, turns up Biggie Smalls on her Walkman, and strides through Harlem, his words galvanising her; on bad days, she doesn't leave her bed other than for furtive trips for the forbidden food that will comfort her - for a while. Big Girl is an unforgettable portrait of a queer Black girl as she learns to take up space in the world on her own terms.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349017846
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 28 mm

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Big Girl
Coming of Age in Harlem
Sullivan’s is an important and fresh voice in the coming of age genre. I was completely immersed in 8 year old Malaya’s life. We’re taken to 1990s Harlem i... READ MORE
Carol  Groves
Big Girl
Big Girl - a great coming-of-age story
Thank you to Netgalley and Little Brown Group UK for the ARC. This is an honest review and all views are my own. This is a gritty coming-of-age story abou... READ MORE
Suzanne Maughan