Debut novelist Alberto Ferreras shares the story of Beauty Maria Zavala, a young New Yorker unable to escape her dead-end job and those 40 extra pounds.
Beauty Maria Zavala resents her name, along with the 40 extra pounds she cannot get rid of and simply goes by 'B'. B hates her size and worse, hates that others judge her because of it. When she overhears her boss criticise her weight and develop a scheme to keep her from being promoted, B feels doomed but things start to look up when B's new tax accountant turns out to be a modern-day fairy Godmother.
B's Godmother can't help her lose weight or get promoted, but she can (and does) set B up on dates with rich, successful men. B's dates allow her to feel beautiful and desirable, and so B's journey of self acceptance begins; she finally begins to see herself differently and embrace the body that she's cursed for so many years. With her same ol' curves and a new attitude, B can't help but want to teach her boss - and everyone who has tried to keep her down - a lesson. But does newly confident B seek revenge on her two-faced boss? And what happens when B meets the one guy that she shouldn't fall for? Will B find true love or true disaster?
'Move over, Ugly Betty; Fat B's in town and she's just as bewitching, bodacious and beautiful as the unconventional Latina TV star. In Ferreras's dazzling debut, Cuban-American Beauty Maria Zavala B to her friends bounces off the page like a firecracker while she discovers how to embrace her curves under the tutelage of a wise madam.' Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly