Dancing Girls and Other Stories

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McClelland & Stewart, 1998 - Canada - 256 pages
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Dancing Girlsis Margaret Atwood’s highly praised first collection of short fiction. In it she explores the dark intricacies of the mind, the complexities of human relationships, and the clashes between cultures. In the stories, the mundane and the bizarre intersect in unexpected ways: ex-wives indulge in an odd feast at a psychiatrist’s funeral; a young student is pursued by an obsessed immigrant; an old woman stores up supplies against an impending cataclysm. The fourteen stories range in setting from Canada to England, from Mexico to the United States, and portray characters who touch us and arouse in us compassion and understanding. In this astonishing collection, Margaret Atwood maps human motivation we scarcely know we have.


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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

I was nervous to read this book. I LOVE Atwood's novels, and was terrified that I would not adore her short stories as much. Of course, I should have had faith: It's Margarat Atwood, I don't think she ... Read full review

DANCING GIRLS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The themes are quintessentially Atwoodian: a little terror, a lot of ennui, and women's hunger for exactly the things they detest most (or so they think). But those themes emerge somewhat less ... Read full review

Contents

The War in the Bathroom i
13
Under Glass
66
The Grave of the Famous Poet
79
When It Happens
124
The Resplendent Quetzal
151
Lives of the Poets
193
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Margaret Atwoodwas born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than forty books — novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood’s work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels includeThe Handmaid’s TaleandCat’s Eye— both shortlisted for the Booker Prize;The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award;Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award;The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; andOryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction areThe Penelopiad,The Tent, andMoral Disorder. She is the recipient of numerous honours, such asThe Sunday TimesAward for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.


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