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    Alias Grace (Virago Press) (Paperback) By (author) Margaret Atwood

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    DescriptionSometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.


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    Title
    Alias Grace
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Atwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 125 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 442 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781860492594
    ISBN 10: 1860492592
    Classifications

    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: ENGM1010
    LC subject heading: ,
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000
    Libri: KANA1520
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FF
    Illustrations note
    ports.
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 September 1997
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet. She has won many awards including the SUNDAY TIMES Author of the Year Award and she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times.
    Review quote
    A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled...This, surely is as far as a novel can go Julie Myerson, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Brilliant...Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin Hilary Mantel Margaret Atwood is to be congratulated Anita Brookner, SPECTATOR The outstanding novelist of our age Peter Kemp, SUNDAY TIMES
    Review text
    A fascinating elaboration - and somewhat of a departure for Atwood (The Robber Bride, 1993, etc.) - of the life of Grace Marks, one of Canada's more infamous killers. As notorious as our own Lizzy Borden, Grace Marks was barely 16 when she and James McDermott were arrested in 1843 for the brutal murder of their employer Thomas Kinnear and his pregnant mistress/housekeeper Nancy Montgomery. The trial was a titillating sensation; McDermott was hanged, and Grace was given the dubious mercy of life imprisonment. Some felt her an innocent dupe, others thought her a cold-blooded murderer; the truth remains elusive. Atwood reimagines Grace's story, and with delicate skill all but replaces history with her chronicle of events. Anchoring the narrative is the arrival of Dr. Simon Jordan, who has come to investigate the sanity of Grace after some 16 years of incarceration. A convert to the new field of psychiatry, Jordan is hoping to help Grace recover her memory of the murders, which she claims no recollection of. He begins by asking for her life story. Grace tells him of her first commission as a laundry maid in a grand house, and of her dear friend Mary, dead at 16 from a botched abortion. On she goes until she calmly relates the events that led up to the murders, and her attempted escape with McDermott afterward. Hypnotism finally `restores` her memory (or is Grace misleading Jordan?), with results that are both shocking and ambiguous. Employing a variety of narratives - Grace's own, Dr. Jordan's, letters, newspaper accounts from the time, poems from the period, and the published confessions of the accused - a complex story is pieced together. The image of the patchwork quilt, used repeatedly in the novel, is a fitting metaphor for the multiplicity of truths that Grace exemplifies. Through characteristically elegant prose and a mix of narrative techniques, Atwood not only crafts an eerie, unsettling tale of murder and obsession, but also a stunning portrait of the lives of women in another time. (Kirkus Reviews)