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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > March 2016 > Written on the body

Written on the body

Poetry by Ginsberg and Stevens provided the possibility and catharsis needed to create my novel-in-stories, writes Mona Awad


W hen asked about the genesis of my novel-in-stories, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, about a woman struggling with body-image issues, two seemingly incongruous memories most persistently come to mind: listening, as an undergraduate at York University, to an audio recording of Allen Ginsberg reading “Howl,” and my years of shopping at Addition Elle, the women’s plus-sized clothing store.

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