Good in Bed

With her fun job as an entertainment reporter, a comfy apartment, a nifty little dog named Nifkin, and a temporary break from slacker boyfriend Bruce, Cannie Shapiro is reasonably happy. Then Bruce goes public with her weight problem and their sex life in his magazine column (maddeningly entitled “Good in Bed”). The column’s publication instantly transforms him into an ex-boyfriend. That’s just the start of the changes put into motion in Cannie’s life.

Stung with humiliation, Cannie joins a weight loss group led by the estimable—and attractive—Dr. K. She resumes writing her big sideline project, a screenplay in which a zaftig beauty finds true love. And she pines for Bruce, and their lost relationship.

In classic “be careful what you wish for” style, a short-lived reunion with Bruce leads to pregnancy and a total cop out on his part. Her screenplay sells but Hollywood turns out to be a very alien place. When she finally loses weight, it’s at the price of almost losing her physical and mental health too. Nothing works out the way she had envisioned it, from her unplanned pregnancy to a consultation at the plastic surgeon’s office. And her own father, after leaving the family’s home and life long ago, makes his rejection total when he turns her out of his office.

Yet Good in Bed is far from a grim tale; in parts it’s hilarious. The people on the fringes of Cannie’s life are quirky and fascinating. Cannie always sees the absurd side of things, and her upbeat outlook and funny observations make her a girl-in-the-city almost every reader can like. At the end she gets her happily-ever-after ending complete with a prince charming. Few fictional heroines have deserved it more.