The novel that put the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale on the literary map; a groundbreaking work of fiction.
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, while Marian ought to feel consumed with passion, 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 literature.
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New in this edition: a Reader's Companion to The Edible Woman--ideal for discussion groups
"Margaret Atwood takes risks and wins."
"Throughout her literary career...Margaret Atwood has impressed and delighted readers with her wit, lyric virtuosity and imaginative acuity."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most intelligent and talented writers to set herself the task of deciphering life in the late twentieth century."
"Chock-full of startling images, superbly and classically crafted...Kept me in stitches half the time."
"Atwood has the magic of turning the particular and the parochial into the universal."
--The Times (London)
“Articulate and sophisticated.…Extraordinarily witty, and full of ironic observation.…A tour de force.…”
– Toronto Star
“[Atwood is] one of the most intelligent and talented writers to set herself the task of deciphering life in the late twentieth century.”
“Remarkable.… The Edible Woman assumes the force of a banal dream that has turned, without the dreamer quite noticing, into a nightmare.…[It] conceals the kick of a perfume bottle converted into a Molotov cocktail.”
“Delightful – spare, precise, mordantly witty.…Exquisitely written.”
– Journal of Canadian Fiction
“[ The Edible Woman] is chock-full of startling images, superbly and classically crafted.…”
– Saturday Night
“Few writers are able to combine wit and humour.…Margaret Atwood is a poet and novelist who seems to be able to do anything she wants.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Funny, sharp, witty, clever.”
– The Times (U.K.)
“Marked by a keen eye for evocative details which cohere into vivid incidents.”
– Canadian Forum
“[Atwood is] a subtle and penetrating observer of relationships between men and women.”
– Sunday Times (U.K.)
“Reflections on marriage, guilt and the relationship between the sexes – classic Atwood territory.”
– The Guardian (U.K.)
“[Atwood] knows exactly what she is doing with every phrase.”
– Vancouver Sun
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