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The Ballad of Big Feeling

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An unforgettable portrait of feminine individuality with a distinctly heartland flair, by an award-winning writer hailed by novelist Ben Marcus as "hilarious and insightful."

It happens to every thirtysomething--the realization that they have aged out of youth. For the heroine in this racous debut, a cozy and placid life has begun to buckle under the weight of discomforting midlife realizations. A changing body, a duller mind, parents who need caring, career and romance stagnation, all of these charge in like a lion. Told in humorous and revealing vignettes, we follow the protagonist as she comprehends the birth of a sibling's child, battles food addiction and past sexual traumas, and comes to terms with newfound family responsibilities. With comic sensibility and earnest observance, this is the singular story of a woman understanding her own maturation.