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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  

The Edible Woman

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Although set in the mid 1960’s this is still a relevant book about marriage and relationships and explores the characters in a depth.

July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Margaret Atwood...

I read Atwood’s first novel some time after the later biggies like Alias Grace and was not surprised to find she was masterly right out of the blocks. Though the heroine Marian’s journey is an anguished one, there are also flashes of wonderful absurdist humour. If this were published today it would probably be called ‘chick noir’.

If you like Margaret Atwood you might also like to read books by Susanna Clarke, J G Ballard and Neil Gaiman.

Synopsis

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancee and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach ...The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and desire to be consumed. 'Margaret Atwood not only has a sense of humour, she has wit and style in abundance ...a joy to read' Good Housekeeping 'Written with a brilliant angry energy' Observer 'A witty, elegant, generous and patient writer' Punch

Reviews

'Margaret Atwood is genuinely funny and makes her point engagingly' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE

'The novel offers some ironic reflections on marriage, guilt and the relationship between the sexes - classic Atwood territory'
GUARDIAN

'A subtle and penetrating observer of relationships between men and women'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Margaret Atwood not only has a sense of humour, she has wit and style in abundance...a real joy to read'
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Written with a brilliant angry energy'
OBSERVER

'A witty, elegant, generous and patient writer'
PUNCH

About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

Author photo © George Whiteside

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Book Info

Publication date

13th March 1980

Author

Margaret Atwood

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780860681298

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