From the Publisher
In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has
written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying
work since The Handmaid''s Tale. She takes us back in time
and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women
of the nineteenth century.
Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious
murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his
housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others
think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims
to have no memory of the murders.
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field
of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and
spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story
while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot
remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?
Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the
victim of circumstances?