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'A novelist and poet of great gifts' - Guardian

A man finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming paler, more silent and literally smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds...

In these exceptional short stories, by turns funny and searingly honest, Margaret Atwood captures brilliantly the complex forces that govern our relationships, and the powerful emotions that guide them.

Reviews

An acute and poetic observer of the eternal, universal, rum relationships between men and women

The Times

If anyone has better insight into women and their central problem - men - than Margaret Atwood, and can voice them with as much wit, impact and grace, then they haven't started wrting yet

Daily Mail

Sophisticated, reticent, ornate, stark, supple, stiff, savage or forgiving...they are stories from the prime of life

TLS

An outstanding correspondent on the war between the sexes writes as wittily as ever on the hopes and shortcomings of women who bake for poets, sleep with their accountants, attribute their preference for awful men to fearlessness, and don't know how much they scare their own mothers

Observer

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  • Paperback

    9780099741213

    March 7, 1997

    Vintage

    288 pages

    RRP $28.99

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The Secret Loves Of Geek Girls Expanded Edition
Angel Catbird Volume 1 (Graphic Novel)
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus: Text Myth Series
Cats Eye
Bodily Harm
Dancing Girls and Other Stories
Life Before Man

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The Handmaid's Tale
Uncommon Type
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Men Without Women
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans