"Food writing is often dismissed as domestic, nonliterary, and a 'woman's genre.' This is far from true, especially in the hands of Margaret Atwood. Few writers tell stories with quite as much power, which includes her first novel, The Edible Woman. This story of food repels domesticity and refuses to put women into some wife-shaped box. With memorable characters (and the only example of a manic pixie dream boy I can remember) this book shows how powerful narrative through food can be under the pen of a capable writer."
Ever since her engagement, the strangest thing has been happening to Marian McAlpin: 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. A brilliant and powerful work rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a true master of contemporary literary fiction.