Please note: SARAI is pronounced like sa-RAY.
I'm the author of the novel DIETLAND (May 2015), which is now a TV series on AMC in the USA and Canada, and on Amazon Prime in countries around the world. My essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post. I worked as a writer and editor on the 2005 update of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and previously wrote for magazines including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. I earned my M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of London. I've taught writing and literature at several universities.
I'm currently living in Los Angeles, where I'm developing a new TV series, as well as writing my second novel, which is even more bonkers than my first one
My Ph.D. research focused on normative femininity of the body; the fat female body; consciousness-raising and the ‘personal is political’ in feminist practice and as a literary aesthetic; American second-wave feminist history and fiction; ‘chick lit'; critical theory, particularly Michel Foucault. I read a lot of amazing books during my Ph.D., but if I had to choose the one that influenced me the most, I’d choose this one.
The New York Times: Yes, I'm Fat. It's O.K. I Said It.
The Guardian: Top 10 Novels About Women's Political Awakening
Center for Fiction: An Interview With Alice Mattison