Simon and Schuster Digital Sales. 2002. 400 pgs.
Other books by Jennifer Weiner: not too sure, but her website is chockful of info about the author, a former reporter and short-story writer: www.jenniferweiner.com. I haven’t read any of them and am not likely to.
I will freely admit I’m a sucker for Amazon recommendations. Sucker to the extent that I actually do check out the books that my friends at Amazon point out whenever I log in. However, I must be getting soft because when the Amazon algorithms relentlessly informed me, week after week, that I really, really would like Good in Bed, I actually downloaded it. My God, what will I do next for Amazon? The possibilities do not bear thinking about.
Good in Bed is about a plus-sized woman finding fulfillment in a Jenny Craig and Weight-Watchers obsessed world. We’re talking size 16 here — not the morbidly obese world of The Biggest Loser. The book has a lot of the trademark touches of chick lit genre — a weirdly cute and tiny dog, a clutch of quirky but admirable women friends and some semi-tragic family dysfunctions. Men don’t come off so well in this read. There is the “original abandoner” — a cruel and cold father (a plastic surgeon, no less) who left the heroine and her family emotionally, financially and legally deserted. Next comes a completely despicable and worthless ex-boyfriend who uses the heroine as material for a magazine column entitled: Loving a Larger Woman. This betrayal triggers a series of dramatic and semi-fantastical events for the main character: she sells a screenplay and meets a movie actress who inexplicably (to me, anyway) becomes her fairy godmother, she confronts the father who abandoned her, she becomes accidentally pregnant by the loser who has betrayed her publicly in his magazine column, and she meets a weight-loss doctor who will cure her of much more than eating disorders. Weiner has a deft hand with dialogue and the book chirps along pleasantly and predictably to a resolution of all of these tragedies– and an actually moving conclusion. My primary criticism is that I started wondering if I was reading a novel or a memoir? Weiner really banged on and on about how awful the abandoning dad was—it seemed unnecessary to me in order to advance the story. But on balance, Good in Bed was a fun read that I would recommend for your beach bag or airport lounge read. Probably Good for snuggling up in Bed with, as well!