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Thick and Thin

TWO NOVELS EXPLORE WOMEN’S QUESTS TO CONTROL THEIR BODIES.

“The Girls at 17 Swann Street”

By Yara Zgheib

370 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99.

“The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls”

By Anissa Gray

294 pages. Berkley. $26.

No one seems to diet anymore. People may go on a “cleanse” or attempt to “eat clean,” but their goal is grander than mere weight loss — they’re seeking a vague sense of equanimity that’s become known as “wellness.” The modern woman aspires to be “strong” and “healthy”; she does not care (or not explicitly) about fitting into a smaller dress size. “Self-care” is

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