Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

By Margaret Atwood

A choice of hugely inventive brief items that talk to our instances with lethal accuracy. classic Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace.

Margaret Atwood turns to brief fiction for the 1st time when you consider that her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with 9 stories of acute mental perception and turbulent relationships bringing to brain her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A lately widowed fable author is guided via a stormy iciness night via the voice of her overdue husband in "Alphinland," the 1st of 3 loosely associated tales concerning the romantic geometries of a bunch of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a guy who bids on an auctioned space for storing has a shock. In "Lusus Naturae," a girl born with a genetic abnormality is flawed for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an aged woman with Charles Bonnet syndrome involves phrases with the little humans she retains seeing, whereas a newly shaped populist crew gathers to burn down her retirement place of abode. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged within the Arctic through a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In those 9 stories, Margaret Atwood is on the best of her darkly funny and heavily playful video game.

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