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Publisher Comments:

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 Atwoods brilliant first novel, and the book that introduced her as a consummate observer of the ironies and absurdities of modern life.

Synopsis:

The Edible Woman, which established Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance, is the witty story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world suddenly slips out of focus. As a result, Marian McAlpine finds herself unable to eat when she identifies with the things consumed.

In this tour de force, Atwood presents a striking condemnation of contemporary society and the rampant consumerism that deprives people of both soul and sustenance.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than forty books — novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwoods work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaids Tale and Cats Eye — both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor Generals Award; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor Generals Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Oryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor Generals Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction are The Penelopiad, The Tent, and Moral Disorder. She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780771099502
Publisher:
New Canadian Library
Location:
Toronto :
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Author:
Hutcheon, Linda
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
New Canadian library ;
Series Volume:
IR51
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 4.28 x 0.7 in 0.3938 lb

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Product details 320 pages New Canadian Library - English 9780771099502 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Edible Woman, which established Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance, is the witty story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world suddenly slips out of focus. As a result, Marian McAlpine finds herself unable to eat when she identifies with the things consumed.

In this tour de force, Atwood presents a striking condemnation of contemporary society and the rampant consumerism that deprives people of both soul and sustenance.

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