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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Published by Bloomsbury in 1996

“Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles like a taffeta skirt along the floor”
In 1843, Grace Marks, a recent Irish émigré to Canada was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks--was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocent victims, or was she an unwilling victim herself, caught up in a crime she was too young to understand? In Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood’s first historical novel, the author reconstructs Marks' story in fictional form.

‘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 is surely as far as a novel can go’ Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday

"Atwood's latest literary coup is, like the biblical account of Eve's fall from grace, first and foremost a hell of a good story." The San Francisco Chronicle.

"Alias Grace has all the pacing of a commercial novel and all the resonance of a classic." Washington Post Book World

“The outstanding novelist of our age” Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

"Atwood provides the elements of a walloping good read: suspense, mystery, titillation, and a fully crafted but never ponderous historical milieu."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Villain or victim, Atwood's Grace is intriguing company."

“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

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa.

By the same author:
The Blind Assassin
Bluebeard’s Eggs and Other Stories
Bodily Harm
Bones and Murder
Cat’s Eye
The Edible Woman
Good Bones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Lady Oracle
Life Before Man
Oryx and Crake
The Robber Bride
Wilderness Tips

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