My Body in Pieces

Original title: La grosse laide

Author: Hébert, Marie-Noëlle

Publication Date:

October 2019



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

English (World excl Canada), France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

World English (Groundwood Books)
Spanish (World) (Pepitas de calabaza)
France (Éditions des Équateurs, at auction)


Graphic Novels & Comics, Literary Fiction, Memoir

My Body in Pieces

Original title: La grosse laide

Author: Hébert, Marie-Noëlle


“La grosse laide seduced by its graphic power and its strong, yet universal subject, which will touch everyone.” —The jury, MIFA Comic Book

A deeply emotional graphic memoir of a young woman’s struggles with self-esteem and body image issues.

All Marie-Noëlle wants is to be thin and beautiful. She wishes that her thighs were slimmer, that her stomach lay flatter. Maybe then her parents wouldn’t make fun of her eating habits at family dinners, the girls at school wouldn’t call her ugly, and the boy she likes would ask her out. This all-too-relatable memoir follows Marie-Noëlle from childhood to her twenties, as she navigates what it means to be born into a body that doesn’t fall within society’s beauty standards.

When, as a young teen, Marie-Noëlle begins a fitness regime in an effort to change her body, her obsession with her weight and size only grows and she begins having suicidal thoughts. Fortunately for Marie-Noëlle, a friend points her in the direction of therapy, and slowly, she begins to realize that she doesn’t need the approval of others to feel whole.

Marketing Information

  • Winner of the Prix des libraires du Québec (BD québécoise) 2020, Finalist Prix Réal-Fillion 2020, Prix BD du Salon du livre de Trois-Rivières 2020, and shortlisted for the Prix BD des collégiens 2021
  • Represented Québec at the Annecy International Animation Film Market (MIFA) 2021
  • Over 5,000 copies sold