The Edible Woman Book Review Summary

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Marian is a woman in her twenties who has a normal life. She graduated from college and now works for a company that administers consumer surveys. Marian has recently begun going out with a handsome young man named Peter and she seems content with what she has. Her roommate is another young woman named Ainsley who has a job testing toothbrushes. Together, they share an apartment in the upstairs of a house, and they have to deal with a nosy and conservative landlady.

When Peter proposes after only four months together, something happens that ruins Marian's peace. She begins to act strangely, even literally running away from Peter and her friends after a night at a local bar. One day, she meets Duncan, a strange grad student, while she is going door to door giving surveys. He seems only vaguely attracted to her, yet she ends up sleeping with him. As time goes on, Marian finds herself repelled by all sorts of food. It gets so bad that she has trouble finding anything to eat.

Meanwhile, Ainsley has decided that she wants to have a child. She doesn't let the fact that she isn't married (or even in a relationship) deter her. Ainsley sets her sights on Marian's friend, an irresponsible man who has impregnated and abandoned many other young women.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Canadian (Aboot!)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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