The Weight of a Woman by J. Jackson Pomeroy
A professor’s chronic dieting to get into her latest pair of designer jeans shreds her self-image as a fervent feminist. The temptation of a taboo relationship with a hot new graduate student and her usual one-too-many drinks not only add to her angst, they put her job on the line – and a lot more besides. If she doesn’t soon connect all her bad choices with the damage of a past sexual assault, her very well-being is at stake.
Set on a rural university campus where the experimental sex community begins to draw its first breath, my story blurs the lines of fiction and cultural criticism – a dark-humored, PhD-wielding Bridget Jones romping around in the Hunger essays of Roxane Gay.
Originally from the UK, I came to the U.S. to earn my PhD. I am researcher at Wellesley College and the recipient of a writing award, which will appear in an international anthology of fiction this spring. I have been teaching women’s studies/fiction since 1998, and I am also published in my field. Having had both professional and personal experience with eating disorders and sexual assault, I believe I am uniquely qualified to write a survivor narrative.
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