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One of the world's most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has written a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her previous books, "Good Bones" and "Murder in the Dark". Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative tales tackle a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision. Punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author, they are vintage Atwood.
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A witty, deliciously, viciously entertaining new collection from one of our finest authorsIllustrated by Margaret Atwood herself, with seven black-and-white drawings Margaret Atwood is on the judge's list of contenders for the Man Booker International Prize 2007

About the Author

Margaret Atwood's books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She is the author of more than thirty works, which include fiction, poetry and critical essays. Of her novels, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize and Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. Her eleventh novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. She lives in Toronto, with writer Graeme Gibson.

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"Bring Back Mom"; "The Animals Reject Their Names." Just two treats in this fiction/essays combo from the inimitable Atwood. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'Atwood is one of the most inventive, enthralling and accomplished authors writing in English' Sunday Times 'These are fine, original takes on ancient stories ... How knowing she is; how quick. How easily she mocks herself, and us. She is our medicine' Independent 'Margaret Atwood's short stories are a breath of fresh air ... These are haunting, enigmatic tales that punch above their ethereal weight' Tatler 'Fresh and funny, and distinctively, dryly disconcerting ... Her wit is quicksilver, simultaneously succinct and elusive ... these nicely turned fragments engage the imagination, and tease the mind' Telegraph

Adult/High School-A quirky collection of short tales and a few poems that can be read in any order. Although not all of these selections will appeal to teens, some will, especially "Plots for Exotics," in which the narrator, who has always aspired to be a main character, has to apply for a job at the plot factory, where he learns he is not main-character material. Others, such as "Our Cat Enters Heaven," will also engage teen readers. The pieces are brief and varied in style. The ironic and often sarcastic tone is one that many teens will appreciate. Simple line drawings appear throughout. As a whole, the book should appeal to anyone who appreciates a wry and somewhat biting look at society.-Judy Braham, George Mason Regional Library, Annandale, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Biting anger, humor and interest in the fantastic have marked inimitable Atwood works like The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake. In this odd set of terse, mostly prose ripostes, Atwood takes stock of life and career-"this graphomania in a flimsy cave"-and finds both come up short. Staged from behind screens of updated fables and myths ("Salome Was a Dancer" begins "Salome went after the Religious Studies teacher"), the pieces rage icily against the constraints of gender, age (witheringly: "I have decided to encourage the young"), fame and even "Voice": "What people saw was me. What I saw was my voice, ballooning out in front of me like the translucent green membrane of a frog in full trill." Along with a few poems and childlike line drawings, what keeps this collection of 30-odd fictions from being a set of rants is the offhanded intimacy and acerbic self-knowledge with which Atwood delivers them: "The person you have in mind is lost. That's the picture I'm getting." Threaded throughout are dead-on asides on the tyrannies of time and the limits of truth telling in society, so that when Hoggy Groggy hires Foxy Loxy to silence Chicken Little forever, there is no doubt with whom the author's sympathies lie. (Jan. 10) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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