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.
Kellie Wells is the author of a collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, which was the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a novel, Skin. Her work has appearedin various literary journals, including the Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Fairy Tale Review, and Prairie Schooner. She currently lives in Tuscaloosa, where she teaches in the MFA Program at The University of Alabama.