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The University of Alabama Press
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Not only the story of a colossus of a woman living in Kansas, Fat Girl, Terrestrial is also a meditation on God, treachery, and blind love.
 
In Kingdom Come, Kansas, a town from which children once mysteriously disappeared, there lives a giant woman. Wallis Armstrong is not a pituitary mutant or a person battling a rare medical condition; she’s just an improbably large woman ill at ease in a world built for shrimps. Paradoxically, Wallis builds miniatures of crime scenes, and her specialty is staged suicides. She constructed her first diorama as a child when a boy in her fourth-grade class went suddenly missing. Wallis’s brother, Obie, believes the only explanation for his sister’s amplitude is that she is the incarnation of God on Earth, and he is her one true ardent disciple. Until he too disappears.
 
Kellie Wells’s story of Wallis’s odyssey through this tight-fitting world is a churlish meditation on the existence and nature of God as well as an exploration of the treachery of childhood and the destructive nature of the most blindly abiding kind of love: that of a love-struck brother for a big sister, a disciple for an unwilling prophet, and a bone-weary god for a savage and disappointing flock.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. One: Goliath Girl
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Two: Moon River
  2. pp. 15-20
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  1. Three: Daring Truth to Bare Her Bosom
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. Four: Walrus Disgrace
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. Five: Rudy in the Park
  2. pp. 33-40
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  1. Six: Child of the American Revolution
  2. pp. 41-46
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  1. Seven: The Ungainly Appetite of Wallis G. Armstrong
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. Eight: Die-O-Rama
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. Nine: The Hazard of Love
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. Ten: Reigning Planet
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. Eleven: Godmine
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. Twelve: Diviner of the Electrons
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. Thirteen: Darren Crenshaw Disappears
  2. pp. 99-106
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  1. Fourteen: Darren Crenshaw Has a Sister
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. Fifteen: Vivica, Off Her Axis
  2. pp. 117-128
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  1. Sixteen: Fishy Felo-de-se in Goodland, Kansas
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. Seventeen: Couvade
  2. pp. 147-164
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  1. Eighteen: The Curious Case of the Capacious Death Investigator
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Nineteen: Oxtrot
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. Twenty: Three Trinitarians
  2. pp. 201-208
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  1. Twenty-One: Gaythal Dethloff, Mother of Murder
  2. pp. 209-234
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  1. Twenty-Two: Rabbit Catcher of Kingdom Come
  2. pp. 235-268
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  1. Twenty-Three: Husband of Mary Alice
  2. pp. 269-284
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  1. Twenty-Four: The Inoculation of Mateen Mundrawala
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. Twenty-Five: Egg of Eden, Sperm of Fate
  2. pp. 291-300
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  1. Twenty-Six: Lady Maximus and the Bantam Universe
  2. pp. 301-314
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  1. Twenty-Seven: The Soft-Footed Phantom Speaks
  2. pp. 315-322
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  1. Twenty-Eight: Hazard, a Guess
  2. pp. 323-330
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  1. Twenty-Nine: Planet Suicide
  2. pp. 331-342
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  1. Thirty: Deliver My Darling From the Power of the Dog
  2. pp. 343-352
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  1. Thirty-One: Kansas She Says Is the Name of the Star
  2. pp. 353-372
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  1. Illustration Credits
  2. pp. 373-374
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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