A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' SelectionThe author of such towering novels as The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood proves her imaginative prowess dazzles just as vividly in her short fiction. ';Stone Mattress,' from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque, and utterly hilariousan exemplar of Atwood's tremendous capacity for capturing our darkest impulses on the page.Verna, aging widow, boards a cruise ship bound for the Arctic in search of her next husband. The last four had suffered regrettable tragedies and left Verna wickedly wealthy in their wake. But, instead of finding another wealthy suitor, Verna finds unwitting Bob, the first man to have ever wronged her. Single, reasonably near his grave, ordinary, and attracted to her like all the othersBob is all-too-easy prey for Verna's merciless revenge.An ebook short.
BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HANDMAID'S TALE, THE TESTAMENTS AND ALIAS GRACE 'Dark and witty tales from the gleefully inventive Margaret Atwood. Witty verve, imaginative inventiveness and verbal sizzle vivify every page' Sunday Times A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. 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. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. 'A collection of nine acerbic, mischievous, gulpable short stories' Harper's Bazaar 'Atwood's prose is so sharp and sly that the effect is bracing rather than bleak' Guardian '[Look at these tales] as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!' Ursula K. Le Guin, Financial Times 'Atwood has characters here close to death, dead already, unwittingly doomed or - in one memorable case - freeze-dried; but her own curiosity, enthusiasm and sheer storytelling panache remain alive and kicking' Independent
A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: thinkAlias Grace.Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection,Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight 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 "e;Alphinland,"e; the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "e;The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,"e; a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "e;Lusus Naturae,"e; a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "e;Torching the Dusties,"e; 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 "e;Stone Mattress,"e; 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 the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.List of Stories and Narrators: ';Alphinland' and ';Torching the Dusties' read by Lorna Raver ';Revenant' read by Mark Bramhall "e;Dark Lady' and ';The Dead Hand Loves You' read by Arthur Morey ';Lusus Naturae' read by Emily Rankin ';The Freeze-Dried Groom' read by Rob Delaney ';I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth' read by Bernadette Dunne ';Stone Mattress' read by Margaret Atwood