As she breaks 200 pounds, and not in a good way, 29-year-old Rita finds herself married to a self-focused widower with two difficult kids and a mother who almost makes Rita’s own mother look like a role model—which is really saying something. Graham’s first wife, being dead, just keeps getting better and better in everyone’s memories while Rita just gets fatter and more aggravated. She’s tried every diet in the book, but it’s not until a family crisis forces her out the door that she discovers that the easiest way to lose weight is to get rid of the baggage on the inside. Funny and insightful, RITA JUST WANTS TO BE THIN is sure to make readers of all shapes and sizes feel better about themselves—and ultimately maybe even about Rita.
About the Author
Mary W. Walters has published three other novels, The Woman Upstairs (originally published by NeWest Press, 1987), Bitters (NeWest, 1999), and The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid (co-authored with John A. Aragon, 2012) as well as a collection of short stories (Cool, River Books, 2000). She has won a Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing and an Alberta Achievement Award, and she is listed in Who's Who in Canada. Her short fiction has been short-listed for such prizes as the CBC/Saturday Night Fiction Competition and the Journey Prize, and has been published in more than a dozen literary journals and magazines. Also an accomplished and highly experienced editor, she has followed the changes to the publishing industry closely on her blog, The Militant Writer, and is in increasing demand to talk about how writers can publish top-quality literary works on independent platforms.