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The Robber Bride
By (author): Margaret Atwood
9780771008542 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Oct 03, 1998
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.2 x 7.98 x 1.59 in | 1.21 lb 624 pages McClelland & Stewart
One of Margaret Atwood’s most intricate and subversive novels, The Robber Bride reports from the furthest reaches of the same-sex wars.

Margaret Atwood’s celebrated novel is about three very different women whose lives share a common wound: Zenia, whom they first met as university students in the sixties. Zenia is smart and beautiful, by turns manipulative, vulnerable—and irresistible. She has entered into their separate lives to ensnare their sympathy, betray their trust, steal their men, and exploit their weaknesses. Now, Zenia, thought dead, has suddenly come back to life. In this richly layered narrative, Atwood skillfully evokes the decades of the past as she retraces three women’s lives, until we are back in the present—where it’s yet to be discovered whether Zenia’s “pure, free-wheeling malevolence” can still wreak havoc.

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario


“Atwood has never written better than in this novel of glittering breadth and dark, eerie depths.” The Sunday Times

“A remarkable achievement, constantly entertaining and intriguing.” The Ottawa Citizen

“Funny, thoughtful, moving…. Atwood’s plotting is masterful, and her humor is razor-edged, sexy, and raucous.” The Washington Post

“Nobody maps female psychic territory the way Margaret Atwood does.…What a treasure she is.” Newsweek

“A hugely enjoyable novel.” Globe and Mail

“Brilliant and entertaining.” Boston Sunday Globe

“Brilliant and entertaining.” Ottawa Sun

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