Nan A. Talese
On Sale: September 16, 2014
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Literature and Fiction
A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that
speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood
creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias
Margaret Atwood turns to short
for the first time since her 2006 collection,
Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological
and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her
award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. 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
an auctioned storage space has a surprise. 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," a long-ago crime is
avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old
stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at
top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.
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