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Teaser Tuesday ~ August 11, 2020 ~ The Fatness by Mark A. Rayner @markarayner #TeaserTuesday

Hello awesome readers and welcome to Teaser Tuesday, a Meme, created by The Purple Booker, that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I grabbed a random book off my shelf to share this week…

*drumroll* and the book I have selected is,

The Fatness by Mark A. Rayner

This book has been on my TBR for way too long and I’m eager to read it!

Genres: Satire, Humor, Dystopian, Fiction

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Here are my teasers:

“He was also trying to set a personal best time in his daily delivery, because it was going to be his last.”

“The signature odour of McDonald’s food wafted in the air, haunting the men and women gathering in the commons like a lover’s perfume on one’s pillow, but less with tender memories of a gentle touch, a sensual sigh, and more with the memories of stuffing several cheeseburgers into your face between brain-freeze-inducing slurps of a frozen chocolate concoction that was reminiscent of ice cream.”

The Fatness by Mark A. Rayner


Keelan Cavanaugh is fat. That’s why the government put him in prison.

They placed him in a Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC), where trained staff work to help him and many others slim down. Well, that was the intention, anyway. The powers that be had decided chubby citizens must either go there or lose their health care coverage.

When he meets Jacinda Williams, an activist lawyer researching this new system, Keelan is more determined than ever to slim down. But Keelan discovers losing weight is more difficult than it seems, especially when he also has to fight against a ridiculous bureaucracy and policy wonks with hidden agendas. Can he succeed, and will the CRC-crossed lovers ever sit at love’s banquet together?

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From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, The Fatness is a contemporary satire of socialism, capitalism, and the so-called “obesity epidemic”. This is Catch-22 for a new generation, with a distinctly tender undertone, even as it mercilessly spoofs the establishment.

Winner of Two Literary Awards for Humor!
IPBA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Humor (silver), 2018
IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Humor, 2018

Praise for Mark A. Rayner

“Mark A. Rayner—an all-Canadian synthesis of Douglas Adams and Ben Elton—understands that the best satire is only five degrees to the left of reality. The Fatness may not be reality (yet), but it’s too close for comfort. Luckily, it’s also funny as heck.” ~Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey and Husk

“I’ve only come across a few writers who are truly funny, and Mark A. Rayner is one of them.” ~Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans

“Mark A. Rayner’s characters possess substance enough, and exist in a world sufficiently vivid, to be able to revolt and liberate themselves in an exhilarating counterrevolutionary struggle.” ~Tom Bradley, author of Useful Despair as Taught to the Hemorrhaging Slave of an Obese Eunuch

“Mark A. Rayner is just a terrific storyteller and one of the most imaginative and original writers you will ever have the pleasure of reading.” ~Ian Ferguson, author of Village of the Small Houses

“Mark A. Rayner is an author with a fantastical sense of humor and a dangerous imagination.” ~The Next Best Book Club

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