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The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart | October 24, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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This is the wise, unsettling, drastic story of three women whose lives share a common wound: Zenia, a woman they first met as university students in the sixties. Zenia is smart and beautiful, by turns manipulative, vulnerable - and irresistible. She has entered into their separate lives to ensnare their sympathy, betray their trust, and exploit their weaknesses. Now Zenia, thought dead, has suddenly reappeared. In this richly layered narrative, Atwood skilfully evokes the decades of the past as she retraces three women's lives, until we are back in the present - where it's yet to be discovered whether Zenia's "pure, free-wheeling malevolence" can still wreak havoc. The Robber Bride reports from the farthest reaches of the sex wars and is one of Margaret Atwood's most intricate and subversive novels yet.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.57 in

Published: October 24, 1998

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008546

ISBN - 13: 9780771008542

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The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.57 in

Published: October 24, 1998

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008546

ISBN - 13: 9780771008542

From the Publisher

This is the wise, unsettling, drastic story of three women whose lives share a common wound: Zenia, a woman they first met as university students in the sixties. Zenia is smart and beautiful, by turns manipulative, vulnerable - and irresistible. She has entered into their separate lives to ensnare their sympathy, betray their trust, and exploit their weaknesses. Now Zenia, thought dead, has suddenly reappeared. In this richly layered narrative, Atwood skilfully evokes the decades of the past as she retraces three women's lives, until we are back in the present - where it's yet to be discovered whether Zenia's "pure, free-wheeling malevolence" can still wreak havoc. The Robber Bride reports from the farthest reaches of the sex wars and is one of Margaret Atwood's most intricate and subversive novels yet.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was 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 include The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’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; and Oryx 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 are The Penelopiad , The Tent , and Moral Disorder . She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award 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 Priz
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From Our Editors

From the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye comes a story of villainy and moral choice. Roz, Charis and Tony are connected through their unfortunate relations with Zenia, a needy, ruthless and manipulative woman. Entering their lives in college, Zenia harms each of them by ensnaring their sympathy, betraying their trust and treating their men as loot. The Robber Bride is a novel to delight in, as the women fall prey to this recognizable menace and then ultimately triumph.

 

Editorial Reviews

“Atwood has never written better than in this novel of glittering breadth and dark, eerie depths.” – The Sunday Times (U.K.) “A remarkable achievement, constantly entertaining and intriguing.” – The Ottawa Citizen “Deserves every superlative we can muster from hilarious to wise .… A genuine tour de force, witty and original, suspenseful and sagacious.” – Booklist “Funny, thoughtful, moving…Atwood’s plotting is masterful, and her humor is razor-edged, sexy, and raucous.” Washington Post “Nobody maps female psychic territory the way Margaret Atwood does.…What a treasure she is.” – Newsweek “A hugely enjoyable novel.” – Globe and Mail “Imaginative and suspenseful…a virtuoso performance.” – Publishers Weekly “Wickedly funny…witty…well-observed.” – Observer (U.K.) “Brilliant and entertaining.” – Boston Sunday Globe “Grabs the funny bone, the brain, and sometimes the throat.” –Kingston Whig-Standard “Brilliant and entertaining.” – Ottawa Sun “Startling, provocative and rewarding.” – Canadian Forum “Excitements, wit, and insight sizzle across the pages. Atwood’s survey of impulses that bedevil life seethes with imagination, inventiveness and intelligence.” -Peter Kemp “Compelling and astonishingly rich…
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Bookclub Guide

1. In The Robber Bride, Tony says that people like Zenia don''t get into your life unless you invite them in. What devices does Zenia use to first gain entry into the lives of Tony, Charis, and Roz? How does she alter her techniques to attract and control men?

2. On the surface, Tony, Charis, and Roz do not appear to be at all alike, yet similarities do in fact exist. For example, during their childhoods they each developed what could be called "dual" identities. How do the psychological devices they developed as children help or hinder them? In what ways do their own children differ from them?

3. While seeming all-powerful, the constantly changing Zenia lacks a centre of her own. Is it possible for women to achieve the same kinds of power that men do in today''s society, or do they have to break rules and operate as outlaws? Do women have a kind of power that is different from male power?

4. Magic can mean two things: sleight of hand played by stage magicians, and true "magic," or supernatural ability. What role does each kind of "magic" play in the novel, if any?

5. The restaurant where Zenia reappears is called The Toxique. What role does naming - of persons and places - play in this novel?

6. Is there a difference between the lies others tell and Zenia''s lies? Are there "good" lies and "bad" lies? Do the hearers play a role in the construction of these lies?

Discussion questions provided courtesy of Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved.

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