From the back:
The novel that established Margaret Atwood as a first-rate prose writer is a witty, diverting–though by no means frivolous– story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world becomes less sane and less structured as she begins to identify with the things consumed. A conservative fiance, graduate student acquaintances slipping into their own incestuous madness, a friend who wants a baby but no husband, a devious landlady, and dowdy working companions– Marian thought she could cope with them all. The food lost its appeal and she found herself unable to eat.
What happens next is an unusual solution– if it is a solution– to the problems of a young woman who, a willing member of a consumer society, suddenly finders herself identifying with the things consumed. Beneath the crust of this deceptive book there is plenty for the reader to sink his teeth into. As Margaret Atwood, the Governor General’s Award winning poet, uses her cast of characters as a vehicle for incisive portrayals and ironic perceptions on how and whom our society consumes.