The Edible Woman

Margaret Atwood

Published by Bantam, 1969
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Synopsis: Marian has a problem. A willing member of the consumer society in which she lives, she suddenly finds herself identifying with the things being consumed. She can cope with her tidy-minded fiancé, Peter, who likes shooting rabbits. She can cope with her job in market research, and the antics of her roommate. She can even cope with Duncan, a graduate student who seems to prefer laundromats to women. But not being able to eat is a different matter. Steak was the first to go. Then lamb, pork, and the rest. Next came her incapacity to face an egg. Vegetables were the final straw. But Marian has her reasons, and what happens next provides an unusual solution. Witty, subversive, hilarious, The Edible Woman is dazzling and utterly original. It is Margaret Atwood’s brilliant first novel, and the book that introduced her as a consummate observer of the ironies and absurdities of modern life.

From the Publisher: "Chock-full of startling images, superbly and classically crafted...Kept me in stitches."
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"Atwood has the magic of turning the particular and the parochial into the universal."
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Title: The Edible Woman
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 1969
Book Condition: Good
Edition: Bantam trade ed.

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