Author(s): Josie Laird
When you hate your body, how can you love yourself - or anybody else?
Life is nearly perfect for Kate; the perfect boyfriend and the perfect job. But whatever Luke says, she knows she is too fat. And now, her birth mother has decided to come looking for her. What surprises will that bring?
'All About Kate is a novel about a young woman discovering herself and learning to be comfortable in her own skin. The reader goes on a voyage of discovery with Kate as she battles her demons and learns to love herself. The novel tackles some meaty topics – eating disorders, self-image in our modern world, identity and loss, but Josie touches on these serious topics with a light touch. Kate is a memorable character, and I felt a great deal of empathy for her as the novel developed. It was interesting to have a twin sister feature in the book, someone comfortable and happy in her body unlike Kate – so raising questions about nurture vs. nature while reading this well-crafted novel.' -- Karen McMillan
Josie Laird is a self-sufficiency enthusiast who lives on a lifestyle farm outside Auckland, New Zealand. She trained as a scientist and worked as a laboratory assistant, pharmaceutical rep, and in the medical publishing world. She has three adult sons and a bewildered husband who have all accepted her devotion to books, whether she is writing or reading.