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'A remarkable collection' - Sunday Times

Students and journalists, farmers and birdwatchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers - and dancing girls. All ordinary people - or are they? In this splendid collection of short stories, Margaret Atwood maps the human motivation we scarcely know we have in a startlingly original voice, full of rare intensity and exceptional intelligence.

With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humour and unexpected violence, these stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who evoke laughter, compassion, terror and recognition and dramatically demonstrate why Atwood is one of the most important writers in English today.

Reviews

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

The Times

Margaret Atwood's stories are fierce parables about the horror of city life and the power politics of relationships. The fierceness filters insidiously through the leisurely realism of her domestic interiors, clothes, meals, weather... A remarkable collection

Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times

The mind revealed in this collection of short stories is acutely perceptive, in love with language and capable of seeing significant connections between apparently disparate circumstances

Sheila MacLeod, Evening Standard

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 writing yet

Daily Mail

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  • Paperback

    9780099741114

    November 8, 1996

    Vintage

    240 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
Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories
Bodily Harm
Life Before Man

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The Handmaid's Tale
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Dragonfly In Amber
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