Fat Girl Dances with Rocks
Out of print. Rights available. Published 1994.
17 years after publication, Fat Girl Dances With Rocks is recommended in a prestigious journal for young adult and children's literature in an excellent article about fat characters. I wrote the book for adults and it's never been marketed for young readers, but I'd love it if teenagers found their way to it.
"[This novel] reads like a good movie with fast paced scenes; crisp language tightly edited for excess and real dialogue. The narrative line rocks with all the smooth rhythm of good back up for the 'very hot' lead characters: seventeen year-old Char and her best high school buddy Felice Ventura...The author Susan Stinson is at her revealing best piling on external detail to create a dizzy, sexy story of female adolescent-teenage desire and discovery." Lambda Book Report, Jyl Lynn Felman
"In this sensual, gently stinging first novel, Susan Stinson's language dreams, drives, and dances, loving the taste of everything it describes in a thoroughly American universe. Char is a character I won't forget, who fills my heart as she begins to take in the immense truth of her own." Joan Larkin
"Susan Stinson's first novel is full of big, beautiful language and her main character, Char, is one of the best teenaged heroines I've ever met. Stinson's writing is music to my ears, and Fat Girl Dances With Rocks makes me want to do the twist!" Judith Katz
"Fat Girl Dances with Rocks is so fresh, so devoid of stereotypes, so one hundred percent original..."
Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Lambda Book Report
"...a fresh and evocative novel."
"...an important book" Bay Windows
"...interesting, original, and true"
Valley Women's Voice
"Stinson's prose is full of wonderfully sensuous imagery." Sojourner
"Despite all outward signs, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, by Susan Stinson, is not just a book about growing up fat...In fact, the success of Stinson's first novel can be credited to her handling of universal themes..."
Tzivia Gover, Metroline
"Fat, 17-year-old Char gropes her way to happiness and self-identity via diets, pop rock, complicated dance moves, and pot while deciding whether she's animal, vegetable or mineral. A bittersweet story of teen love."