The Fatness

by Mark A. Rayner
The Fatness
A satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (A love story.)


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? Will the CRC-crossed lovers ever dine at love’s banquet together?

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.

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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 know some very funny people. I’ve also met lots of writers. But 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

Winner of the 2013 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Best Humor book. (The Fridgularity)

Available editions

Release date: November, 2017

Trade Paperback
ISBN 978-1-927590-05-8
$19.99 US/$24.99 CAN

ISBN 978-1-927590-06-5
$6.99 US/$8.55 CAN