Alias Grace: A Novel

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 10, 2010 - Fiction - 592 pages
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In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan – an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness – tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.
 

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Atwood's fictionalized treatment of historical figure Grace Marks. A great read. Lots of fascinating unreliable narrator stuff, and just the kind of patchwork narrative I frequently enjoy. I'm going to have to ease up on the Atwood for a while so I have some left to read later! Read full review

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Alias Grace is the story of Grace Marks, a woman, well a girl really, who was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear. Her co-accused, James McDermott, was hanged for his part in the crime ... Read full review

Contents

Puss in the Corner
Young Mans Fancy
VI
Chapter 18
VII
The Letter X
The Tree of Paradise
Authors Afterword
VIII
Copyright

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MARGARET ATWOOD is the internationally acclaimed author of more than forty books. Her novels include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Among the awards and honours she has received are the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Premio Mondello (Italy), the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature (Spain), the Dan David Prize (Israel), and the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto.

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