Bluebeard's Egg: Stories (Paperback)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

By turns humorous and warm, stark and poignant, the stories in Bluebeard’s Egg probe childhood memories, the reality of parents growing old, and the casual cruelty men and women can inflict on one another. A tenuous teenage love affair fails to survive a hurricane; a man notices the women around him becoming progressively paler and smaller; a surgeon who specializes in hearts seems oddly emotionally opaque to his wife; a middle-aged couple’s waning affection rekindles at the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds. In these exceptional short stories, Margaret Atwood proves herself once again a true master of the form.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Praise For…

“A book to be read and re-read, to be talked about and savored. . . . Atwood [is] writing at top form, writing with total control of her material, with sureness, with touches of brilliance.” —The London Free Press

“This collection . . .  attests, again, to Ms. Atwood’s range as a writer, her ability to set forth her view of the world . . . in both lyrical, meditative tales and wry, crackly satires. . . . These stories are strewn, like a starry sky, with shimmering images and bright metaphors.” —The New York Times

"A startlingly original voice." —Washington Post Book World

"Atwood's prose in Bluebeard's Egg is powerful, elegant and mellifluous to an extraordinary degree." —Quill and Quire
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385491044
ISBN-10: 0385491042
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: January 20th, 1998
Pages: 256
Language: English

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