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The Heart Goes Last

by Margaret Atwood

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Heart Goes Last Synopsis

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience - a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own - they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But slowly, unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

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The Heart Goes Last Press Reviews

'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times

'Anyone keen to consign literary fiction to an early grave will have to deal with her first Independent One of the world's major writers' -- Hermione Lee Guardian

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ISBN: 9781408867785
Publication date: 24/09/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408867785
Publication date: 24th September 2015
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.  She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin,  won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.   Author photo &...

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