Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

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Anchor Books, 2015 - Fiction - 289 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

In this extraordinary collection, Margaret Atwood gives us nine unforgettable tales that reveal the grotesque, delightfully wicked facets of humanity. "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked tales, introduces us to a fantasy writer who is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. In "Lusus Naturae," a young woman, monstrously transformed by a genetic defect, is mistaken for a vampire. And in the title story, a woman who has killed four husbands discovers an opportunity to exact vengeance on the first man who ever wronged her.

By turns thrilling, funny, and thought-provoking, Stone Mattress affirms Atwood as our greatest creator of worlds--and as an incisive chronicler of our darkest impulses.    

A Best Book of the Year: NPR, BookRiot

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User Review  - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing

Margaret Atwood's newest collection of short stories is every bit as good as one would expect. My only disappointment is that there were only nine stories. The collection starts off with three loosely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Niecierpek - LibraryThing

Old age ain’t no place for sissies, but we all know the alternative… Margaret Atwood’s short stories drive it right home. Indignities of getting old, with all the gory details, treated with the usual ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

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.

www.margaretatwood.ca

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