Something's Wrong with Your Scale!
A Romantic Comedy
By Van Whitfield
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385489362, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 18, 2000
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The hilarious new work from Van Whitfield, writer-on-the rise and author of the Blackboard bestseller Beeperless Remote.
In Something's Wrong with Your Scale, Van Whitfield introduces the likeable Sonny Walker, a thirty-something Mr. Nice Guy who's found companionship and comfort with Marsha. The only problem is that he's become too comfortable. Weighing seventy-five pounds more than when the courtship first began, the newly food-obsessed Sonny just can't stay away from Marsha's marvelous dishes, even in the middle of their breakup conversation.
Determined to slim down and get his girlfriend back, Sonny joins the FutraSystem weight-loss center and meets potential love interest Kayla, as well as a host of other colorful characters. In a heartwarming tale that is alternately hilarious, wise, and ultimately self-affirming, Whitfield has created a thoroughly delicious and engaging novel sure to be enjoyed by those who have waged the battle of the bulge, or know someone who has.
Van Whitfield's first novel, Beeperless Remote, originally published in paperback in 1996, was an underground sensation. The following year, Blackboard and Emerge placed Van Whitfield among the ranks of a cadre of young up-and-coming African-American male writers such as Omar Tyree and Eric Jerome Dickey. Whitfield established the "Education Works!" Foundation to encourage literary excellence among young people. He's single and lives in the D.C. suburb of Lanham, Maryland.
"[A] hip narrative--in a story that is read-aloud funny, achingly self-effacing, but ultimately self-affirming."-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Equal parts love story and inspirational tome, Whitfield's plot shines for its original ploys and reflections of everyday people and life experiences."--Vibe