Cannie Shapiro is a 28-year-old journalist struggling to cope with a lesbian mother, a cold, uncaring father, an ex-boyfriend who uses a his column in a woman's magazine to humiliate her, an unplanned pregnancy, a possible career change, annoying co-workers, new and old friends, a strange little god, a new man, and the trial of being an overweight woman in 2001 America.
This report prepared by Heather
Pocket, May 2001, 24.95, 368 pp.
Everyone who knows the Philadelphia Examiner reporter Cannie Shapiro agrees she is a smart, funny, and decent person. The plus sized Cannie feels that her father never loved her or he would never had verbally abused her for her weight. Adding to her disgust of males, Connie learns that her boyfriend Bruce has been writing about the intimate details of their relationship in his Moxie Magazine column.
Once she recovers form the shock, Cannie wonders if she erred in dropping Bruce. She makes overtures to him to begin again, but he rejects her offers. When she realizes she is pregnant she informs Bruce by letter, but he ignores her. Cannie decides it is time to move on and refresh her life with new experiences even if they are risky at this moment.
GOOD IN BED is a beautiful adult fairy tale starring a heroine facing tests that would destroy a lesser person. Although this is Jennifer Weiner's debut, no one would realize that simply by just reading the cleverly constructing and amusing yet serious story. With more novels starring realistic characters in real world scenarios like this one, Ms. Weiner will surely earn superstardom status.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner