The Fattest Man in America

The Fattest Man in America

Paperback (26 May 2005)

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Publisher's Synopsis

In a small Texas town lives Mickey, weighing in at nearly a thousand pounds, who affectionately refers to himself as the King of Fat. Having outgrown the lift - and his job - as bellboy at the Ranelagh Grand Hotel, Mickey decides to make ends meet by becoming a tourist attraction. Initially, it's an amateur affair - people pay a little to look, a little more to touch or take a photograph - but when Mickey takes on a professional manager business begins to boom. Billboards go up along the highway, a cafeteria and giftshop are built alongside the house and recordings of Tibetan lamas chanting in the background add to the atmosphere. Mickey is a star.

Yet as he becomes ever more famous Mickey begins to feel a profound unease. His life has become a celebration of the flesh - but what of the spirit?

Set against the West's angst over the problem of increasing obesity, this is the very human story of one man's struggle to come to terms with his freakish body. In his own, darkly funny words, here is Mickey's journey towards a very American idea of heaven.

About the Publisher



Recently acquired by Little, Brown Book Group, Constable publishes a diverse range of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles. Notable is Constable?s superb crime list, with MC Beaton at the forefront of the beloved ?cosy crime? genre with her bestselling Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin series. Constable also boasts a strong non-fiction section, publishing the likes of HRH Princess Michael of Kent and bestselling parody We?re Going on a Bar Hunt.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845291181
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Constable
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 22
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 225g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 24mm