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COVER REVEAL: Women Under Scrutiny ~ An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories & Art

Cover Reveal: Women Under Scrutiny, An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories & Art . Commentary & Compilation by Randy Susan Meyers

Edited by Nancy MacDonald.

It is an incredible honor to have one of my short stories selected as part of this powerful and prestigious compilation of women’s voices. Writers––unpacking the reality that defies, while expounding upon the truths and challenges each have had to face existing in a female body. Author Randy Susan Meyers brought these voices together, "Over sixty women--seventeen to seventies--sharing their truth, our truth, about the judgment we receive daily, hourly, always," she wrote. "As I prepared for the launch of my new novel, Waisted, I thought of all the ways women are scrutinized, judged—and often found wanting. I thought about the previous bonus and companion books I’ve written which connect to themes from my novels—one filled with recipes and another with thoughts of women and money—and knew what the perfect complement to Waisted would be."

As women, we are expected to bear the brunt of scrutiny without either complaint or grievance by a society which unabashedly considers our bodies negotiable––conjoint property, and ultimately––expendable. We are expected to endure in a sort of a polarized and divergent plateau; objectified for our physical beauty, burdened with societal expectations to fit in and dare not be different. The hefty price of this objectification has taken a terrible toll––everything from the sublime and hidden, to the overt and violent. These stories, no matter how incisive, truthful, or authentic, are mere slivers of yet a more profound and greater reality and trial––the price of being born a female.

"All profit will go to Rosie's Place. "Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives."

WOMEN UNDER SCRUTINY available soon!


by Randy Susan Meyers

Atria Books Hardcover May 21, 2019 ISBN: 1501131389


"In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers. Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them. Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight. The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary. The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability...until they decide to take matters into their own hands."

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