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The Story

What happens when a severely obese, single mother finds out her ex-husband is getting married‚ÄĒto her own sister? She reinvents herself to prove to them that there's more to her than fat.

Becky Siame

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The Lighter Side of Large is a modern day comedy romance, and disguised self-help guide set in Nelson, New Zealand.¬† Isabella “Bella” White, a first generation Samoan New Zealander, is a talented artist with a flair for writing.¬† Problem is, no one knows it.¬† She hides from the world, men and her potential behind 60 kg of excess weight.¬† The weight, however, is not so easy to hide and Bella endures revulsion, ridicule and rudeness for being fat.¬† But when she discovers her ex-husband is marrying her sister in nine months, Bella embarks on a mission: lose the weight, get a career and find the perfect man in time for the wedding.

Along the way, Bella discovers losing weight does not make her life perfect.¬† A short cut to skinny through surgery almost ends her life, just as she begins to find it in the arms of Jae, the adventurous entrepreneur who’s got skinny issues.¬† Bella also has an online friend whose interest in her grows with every chat, as well as an ex-husband who still carries a spark for her.

The Lighter Side of Large is the first installment in a series of self-help guides and cartoon books which laugh at the misadventures of being overweight and the universal prejudice faced by the obese, while encouraging the anorexically-challenged to take back their lives, lose weight, and live without fear.

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Hi, I am Bella, an overweight single mother. I have just found out that my ex-husband is getting married to my gorgeous sister in nine months? What to do? First of all I order a double mocacchino and plot my revenge. I plan to lose weight, get a career, and find the perfect man in time for the wedding. But proving there’s more to me than fat is a heavyweight task. Join me and my eccentric gang of friends as I discover The Lighter Side of Large.


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