Books The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer and Daphne Merkin Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $14.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Pumpkin EaterAuthorPenelope Mortimer and Daphne Merkin Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary On the brink of a nervous breakdown and facing the potential failure of her fourth marriage, a housewife discovers the frightening truth that she has sacrificed everything in the name of love and marriage. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Pumpkin Eater Book Reviews 'Pumpkin Eater': 1960s Domesticity, Sardonically April 22, 2011 A year before Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique made way for a change in how women viewed their lives, The Pumpkin Eater gave a searing glimpse of unhappy married domesticity. Wickedly funny, it said many things that women were told to keep quiet about in that era.