The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood

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By (author) Margaret Atwood

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 434 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 205mm x 25mm |
  • Publication date: 27 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307455475
  • ISBN 13: 9780307455475
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 39,130

Product description

Set in the visionary future of Atwood's acclaimed "Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood" is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move, but they can't stay locked away.

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Author information

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to "The Handmaid's Tale," her novels include "Cat's Eye," shortlisted for the 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; and her most recent, "Oryx and Crake," shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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"[Written with] energy, inventiveness, and narrative panache. . . . A gripping and visceral book that showcases [Atwood's] pure storytelling talents." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "["The Year of the Flood"] shows the Nobel Prize-worthy Atwood . . . at the pinnacle of her prodigious creative powers." --"Elle" "A heart-pounding thriller." --"The Washington Post Book World" "Leave it to Atwood to find humor in a post-apocalyptic world as she covertly, and brilliantly, addresses questions of how we need to live on an imperiled planet." --"Kansas City Star" "Atwood is funny and clever, such a good writer and real thinker. . . . "The Year of the Flood" isn't prophecy, but it is eerily possible." "--The New York Times Book Review" "Timely and gripping. . . . Atwood tells a good story, one filled with suspense and even levity." "--USA Today" "Enthralling. . . . Memorable characters, a tightly controlled pace and shockingly plausible scenes make it fly--to a mysterious, skin-prickling ending." "--San Francisco Chronicle" "Atwood renders this civilization and these two lives within it with tenderness and insight, a healthy dread, and a guarded humor." --"O, the Oprah Magazine" "Atwood spins the most arresting alternate mythologies to our hell-bent world. . . . "The Year of the Flood" is a slap-happy romp through the end times. Stuffed with cornball hymns, genetic mutations worth of Thomas Pynchon and a pharmaceutical company run amok, it reads like dystopia verging on satire. She may be imagining a world in flames, but she's doing it with a dark cackle." "--The Los Angeles Times" "Thought-provoking, beautifully constructed, and rich with the imaginative flourishes for which [Atwood] is rightly famous. . . . A hugely entertaining and satisfying read." "--The Irish Independent" "Prodigiously imaginative and outrageously funny. . . . Atwood's wit is biting. . . . Her brilliance dazzles."""-