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Fiction review: 'Wintergirls' by Laurie Halse Anderson

From Lifetime movies to non-fiction accounts and heavy-handed novels, the theme of anorexia has almost become a cliche. These accounts are often melodramatized and glamorized: vertebrae spiking through skin; calling size zero fat; pasting "thinspiration" from glossy magazines on their mirrors. So what makes Wintergirls different? Three words: Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson, a standout author of modern young adult novels (see the award-winning Speak), writes a beautiful, heart-wrenching and important novel with Wintergirls. For Lia — once a ballerina, once the daughter of a brilliant author father and a brilliant doctor mother, once the best friend of Cassandra —...

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