252pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020
A young woman, who weighs 360kg and has not left her bed for nearly two years, spends her time compiling a crossword. Each cryptic clue is an attempt to explain how it feels to be ‘the fat girl’.
"This is a startling and eviscerating debut novel. It imagines, with compassion and unflinching honesty, a life few would dare to contemplate." Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, author of The Printmaker and head of Creative Writing, University of the Witwatersrand
Vivian de Klerk is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Rhodes University.