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A Woman in a Fat Suit Is the Protagonist of a New Novel

Her drop-dead gorgeous narrator, Barb, the name plucked from Mattel’s Barbie, makes herself grotesque with a fat suit and wig to see if men will like her for her personality. “It is much more difficult to make yourself beautiful than to make yourself ugly,” Ms. Filipacchi told the Observer in a recent interview. “To make yourself beautiful, you need something more powerful than a disguise; you need transformation, and preferably of the supernatural kind.” Barb’s best friend Lily, a hopelessly homely pianist, composes manipulative mood music that has the supernatural power not only to create desire, but the illusion of extreme beauty.

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