The Vegetarian isn’t really about a vegetarian or vegetarianism. This book is about control. Control of our bodies, our minds, our sexual desires, our identities, even our very existence.
But, what is literary fiction? Even experienced writers often have difficulty defining this genre. It's like porn. You know it when you see it, but ask someone to define it, and they either can't or won't.
As the crowd swelled, it became difficult to determine who had been served and who hadn't. Another volunteer turned to me. "How do we decide who gets sandwiches?" I said, "You can't control that. These men are coming to us for free food. If they are asking, they must be hungry."