In light of Margaret Atwood's enduring popularity in contemporary fiction, expert bookseller Ken Lopez, ABAA, from Hadley, Massachusetts, has chosen the first edition of her first novel, The Edible Woman as this issue's Pick of the Month.

The Edible Woman
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The Edible Woman
Margaret Atwood

The true first edition (Canadian) of her first novel. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with faint spine-fading and one internally tape-mended edge tear. A very attractive copy of a book seldom found in this condition these days. First Edition.

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Edition

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"Margaret Atwood is one of the most respected woman's literary voices of the last half of the 20th century, combining artistry and imagination with fearless politics. Her first novel was printed in relatively small numbers (Canadian printings being much smaller than U.S. printings, in general), and so this is an important and scarce first book, still available for a relatively modest sum," said Lopez.

Margaret Atwood's first novel is often considered an early feminist work. She wrote it around 1965, and it wasn't actually published until 1969. At that time, concerns surrounding eating disorders, body image, and feminism were not yet at their peak. Atwood's commentary on both feminst issues and a consumer-centric society was ground-breaking, an early indication of her ability to tackle various life issues, ranging from nationalism to environmentalism to human rights struggles.

In The Edible Woman, readers are introduced to a conventional young woman named Marian who is ready to trade in her job for a marriage and the duty of raising children. But ever since her engagement, the strangest thing has been happening to Marian: she can't eat. First meat. Then eggs, vegetables, cake, pumpkin seeds—everything! Worse yet, she has the crazy feeling that she's being eaten. Marian ought to feel consumed with passion, but she really just feels...consumed. Rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an oustanding example of Atwood's fine work.

Lopez added, "As with all modern book collecting, care should be taken to get the best possible condition, but 'special' characteristics, such as signed copies, should also be taken into account."

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