Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 376 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 in
Published: September 6, 2011
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771008945
ISBN - 13: 9780771008948
Read from the Book
I planned my death carefully; unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it. My life had a tendency to spread, to get flabby, to scroll and festoon like the frame of a baroque mirror, which came from following the line of least resistance. I wanted my death, by contrast, to be neat and simple, understated, even a little severe, like a Quaker church or the basic black dress with a single strand of pearls much praised by fashion magazines when I was fifteen. No trumpets, no megaphones, no spangles, no loose ends, this time. The trick was to disappear without a trace, leaving behind me the shadow of a corpse, a shadow everyone would mistake for solid reality. At first I thought I’d managed it. The day after I arrived in Terremoto I was sitting outside on the balcony. I’d been intending to sunbathe, I had visions of myself as a Mediterranean splendor, golden-brown, striding with laughing teeth into an aqua sea, carefree at last, the past discarded; but then I remembered I had no suntan lotion (Maximum Protection: without it I’d burn and freckle), so I’d covered my shoulders and thighs with several of the landlord’s skimpy bath towels. I hadn’t brought a bathing suit; bra and underpants would do, I thought, since the balcony was invisible from the road. I’d always been fond of balconies. I felt that if I could only manage to stand on one long enough, the right one, w
From the Publisher
An original and compelling work in which Margaret Atwood passes one woman’s bizarre life through the prism of her unique literary vision. The shy, awkward wife of a perpetual radical, Joan Foster is a formerly obese woman whose delicate equilibrium is threatened by the fact that the several lives she has lived separately and secretly are coming together and will be exposed. She is newly and notoriously famous as a bestselling author; she writes gothic novels under a nom de plume; she is having a hidden affair. Love, fear, understanding, suspense, sensuality, and humour – there is hardly an emotional current that is not touched in Lady Oracle, and with a depth, vitality, and wit that are rare in any time.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
MARGARET ATWOOD 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 Moral Disorder, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. Visit www.margaretatwood.ca.
"Read it for its gracefulness, for its good story, and for its help with your fantasy life." -- The Globe and Mail
"Marvelously funny." -- Maclean''s
"A wonderfully unpretentious comic romp -- a fine novel: inventive... funny, and a pleasure to read," -- Mordecai Richler
"Brilliant and funny. I can''t tell you how exhilarating it was to read it -- everything works. An extraordinary book." -- Joan Didion
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