Author: Carol McConkie
Publisher: Blue Star Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2013
Description: Frieda Kunkelheimer knew she wasn’t welcome in the world from her earliest stirrings. She also knew she was big and ugly, as proclaimed by her grandmother on the day of her birth. Though Frieda Kunkelheimer later blossoms into a beautiful and successful Hollywood film star, it had been determined, even before birth, that she was unwanted and unloved.
En route to a film shoot, the embittered, aging actress known as Frie, and Robin, her fearful, phobic gay makeup artist, survive a plane crash in the jungles of Central America only to be held hostage by El Salvadoran guerrillas. Their self-absorbed lives take a backseat to the events of their capture as a bizarre set of circumstances unfold and kindle courage, compassion, and forgiveness they never thought possible.
‘Fat Girl Fairy Boy’ is a darkly humorous tale of family, friendship, and personal discovery. Written in masterful prose, and filled with rich characters, McConkie mixes irony, humor, and pathos while weaving multifaceted story lines into a wildly entertaining adventure. Few experienced novelists fare as well as McConkie in this debut literary event.
The beginning of Fat Girl Fairy Boy tells the story of Frieda and Robin whose childhoods are opposites. Frieda has no love growing up while Robin is smothered with love. Interestingly, the two end up being close friends who are both successful in their fields. Both characters are very well developed and you really get to know them in the first half of the book. I found this part of the book interesting and engaging.
The second half of Fat Girl Fairy Boy is when the plane crash and hostage situation occur and it becomes more of an adventure novel. It was missing the depth that I enjoyed in the first half. It was still an interesting story but I wasn’t as invested in the characters.
I was given a free ecopy of this book by Book Hub for an honest review.
This is a very good debut novel and I do recommend it. Available on Fat Girl Fairy Boy.