Stone Mattress by Margaret AtwoodStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Stone Mattress

byMargaret Atwood

Paperback | June 23, 2015

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Margaret Atwood returns to short fiction with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists.

In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise.

In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire.

In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence.

And in “Stone Mattress,” a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A ...
Title:Stone MattressFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.64 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771006810

ISBN - 13:9780771006814

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright This was alright. I enjoyed listening to the different readers from the audiobook version. Unfortunately, the profanity and obscenity were too much for me.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great short stories I bought this on sale because I enjoy reading Margaret Atwood, and I was pleasantly surprised! Sometimes I don't like short stories, but these were really good and very interesting!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stories I will be honest...I am not a fan of short fiction.... but Margaret Atwood manages to reel me in each time with her characters and brilliant prose.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good, some boring This was the first thing I ever read of Margaret Atwood, I read it because my Mom had mentioned reading her books when she was in school. The fact that she read and enjoyed her books was impressive to me since she usually can't read an entire book without getting a headache or getting bored. Anyway, I liked some of the stories in it, but many were boring in my opinion. I doubt I will read more of her books, but I would recommend this to anyone who likes her writing.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I really enjoyed this book, although I'm a fan of all her books. I didn't find myself as absorbed reading it though it is very good but I would say most of her other books are just a little better.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again I'm a fan of everything Atwood does so maybe I'm biased but I think she can do no wrong. Another example of her excellence.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Short Stories Entwined together, these short stories are entertaining and intriguing. Impossible to put down, this novel was a fast read by an excellent author.
Date published: 2016-11-09

Editorial Reviews

"Realism and ridiculousness, play and deadly seriousness, are held in fine balance throughout.... Atwood's prose is sharp and sly." The Guardian "Terrific.... Atwood's narrative control, her ability to surprise and her sparkling language are on full display." The Globe and Mail  "Atwood, more than 40 books into her career, has arrived here preoccupied not just with the churn of generations but also with legacy and reputation, with getting straight the story of one's life--the tale about the tale--and with surviving what happens once no one is paying any attention anymore.... Witty and frequently biting." New York Times