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Stone Mattress Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Sep 9 2014
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Praise for Margaret Atwood's previous book of short stories, Moral Disorder
• "Sharply focused.... Rueful, wise, elegiac." Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
• "Vintage Atwood -- sharp and skilled, with a razor wit and deep emotional core.... A vital, thrilling, deeply affecting work from one of Canada's finest writers." Ottawa Citizen
About the Author
MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty books -- novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye -- both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General's Award; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Oryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction are Moral Disorder, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. Visit www.margaretatwood.ca.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In STONE MATTRESS, Atwood mixes comedy, sensitivity, satire, and realism in an engrossing anthology of short stories. Although one story is told more than once, and another recycles characters from an earlier book, each "tale" (her preferred word) stands on its own not so much as a revelation but as a reflection -- on life, on love, and on the endurance that it takes to pursue both.
I particularly liked the first and last stories. Vastly different, they share a humour that comes and can best be appreciated from the perspective of age, which inevitably increases both personal introspection and societal irrelevance. Irrelevance to the swirl of the more vital world outside, but intensely real and meaningful to the characters whose lives have retreated behind interior and/or exterior walls.
This is the work of a great writer, writing wisely, but never taking herself -- or the situations of her characters -- so seriously that the tales are overwhelmed by her own presence.
Well worth your reading time!
This is not my favourite work by the author, but very enjoyable.
I have read many of her works over the years, and I have always been a fan. But this collection is so full of heart, of loveable characters, of compelling themes, that it is my favourite.
My only criticism is that it ended.
Most recent customer reviews
Good writing technique. These subtle mystery tales are ideal for this dark winter.Published 6 months ago by Ivirmote
One of the few books I couldn't read to the end... I like her novels though.Published 6 months ago by G. Pringle
Liked all the stories except for the vampire-like beastly tale.Published 6 months ago by Gloria Corbett
Have always loved her writing style. Her inimitable brand of humour seeps into this book, even when committing the perfect murder.Published 7 months ago by Anne
Very well done. The intertwined short stories make for an engaging read.Published 8 months ago by Devin Cassidy