It's not easy being Olga Dolovich. Orphaned at a time in her life when she had only just begun to appreciate her parents, tormented by her beautiful-but-bitchy sex goddess of a sister, and doomed to clean the world's dirtiest bathroom, Olga's existence is not exactly rosy. But worst of all, at least in her tortured mind, is the fact that she's fat. Too fat for comfort. Too fat for beauty. And much, much too fat to be a ballerina. But ballet, unfortunately, is what Olga lives and breathes for. What's a poor, plump, bathroom cleaner with artistic ambitions to do? Under normal circumstances, she'd have no choice but to watch as her dreams got washed down the drain. But when Harold Pinsky, the eccentric heir to a toilet paper fortune, dances into her life, circumstances become anything but normal. Harold, like Olga, has the right kind of talent, but the wrong kind of body to be a professional ballet dancer. Unlike Olga, however, he's not about to let some stupid societal convention stand in the way of their happiness. With the help of a few equally imperfect friends, plus one extremely unexpected supporter, they start The Fat Ballet Company - a dance troupe dedicated to breaking down barriers, crushing conventionalism, and squashing stereotypes. But is the world ready for such an enlightened art form? And is Olga ready to come to terms with her less-than-flawless self? FAT BALLET - Dance Without Discrimination!
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I really enjoyed this book from novelist TR Whittier, which followed the story of unlikely ballerina Olga Dolovich. Olga comes from a ballet family, but unfortunately didn't inherit the requisite ballet physique--but her dream is to dance. And dance she does, in this sweet and feel-good story, which has both a touch of comedy and romance. Put a smile on my face, and reminded me of my days at the barre.