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Summary

Nine brilliantly imaginative tales—filled with Atwood’s trademark creativity, intelligence, and humor—that speak to our times with deadly accuracy.

For the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction with nine tales of acute psychological insight and biting humor. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise in store. In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in “Stone Mattress,” an old crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these extraordinary tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Fiction / Short Stories