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About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in 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, short-listed 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; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Reviews

"Witty and frequently biting ... this book's stories offer characters a chance to put their own understandings of gallantry, courage and revenge to the test, in ways both mundane and extraordinary."
--The New York Times Book Review

"In Stone Mattress [Atwood is] having a high old time dancing over the dark swamps of Horror on the wings of satirical wit ... Look at these tales as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!"
--Ursula K Le Guin, Financial Times

"These exuberantly told tales are a tour de force of wit, style, and discernment."
--O Magazine

"Eclectic, funny, vibrant, terrifying, beautiful, and utterly delightful."
--Boston Globe

"[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance ... along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood's novels."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Stylish, acerbic and wickedly funny ... With wit, sympathy and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind."
--Miami Herald

"[This] collection is surprisingly unsettling, gripping and at once laugh-out-loud hilarious. It attains its laudable goal: Myths last over time, and the stories in this book have that very quality. They are timeless, memorable and quite simply fun."
--Chicago Tribune

"Stunning ... Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious ... Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."
--Booklist, starred review

"Clever tales about writers and lovers ... Atwood is a playful, sharp-edged, and politically alert author."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Witty and frequently biting ... this book s stories offer characters a chance to put their own understandings of gallantry, courage and revenge to the test, in ways both mundane and extraordinary."
The New York Times Book Review

"InStone Mattress[Atwood is] having a high old time dancing over the dark swamps of Horror on the wings of satirical wit ... Look at these tales as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!"
Ursula K Le Guin, Financial Times

"These exuberantly told tales are a tour de force of wit, style, and discernment."
OMagazine

"Eclectic, funny, vibrant, terrifying, beautiful, and utterly delightful."
Boston Globe

"[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance ... along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood s novels."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Stylish, acerbic and wickedly funny... With wit, sympathy and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind."
Miami Herald

"[This] collection is surprisingly unsettling, gripping and at once laugh-out-loud hilarious. It attains its laudable goal: Myths last over time, and the stories in this book have that very quality. They are timeless, memorable and quite simply fun."
Chicago Tribune

"Stunning ... Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious ...Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."
Booklist, starred review

"Clever tales about writers and lovers ... Atwood is a playful, sharp-edged, and politically alert author."
Kirkus Reviews"

"Witty and frequently biting ... this book s stories offer characters a chance to put their own understandings of gallantry, courage and revenge to the test, in ways both mundane and extraordinary."
"The New York Times Book Review
"
"In"Stone Mattress"[Atwood is] having a high old time dancing over the dark swamps of Horror on the wings of satirical wit ... Look at these tales as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!"
Ursula K Le Guin, "Financial Times
"
"These exuberantly told tales are a tour de force of wit, style, and discernment."
"O"Magazine
"Eclectic, funny, vibrant, terrifying, beautiful, and utterly delightful."
"Boston Globe
"
"[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance ... along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood s novels."
"Minneapolis Star Tribune
"
"Stylish, acerbic and wickedly funny... With wit, sympathy and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind."
"Miami Herald
"
"[This] collection is surprisingly unsettling, gripping and at once laugh-out-loud hilarious. It attains its laudable goal: Myths last over time, and the stories in this book have that very quality. They are timeless, memorable and quite simply fun."
"Chicago Tribune"
"Stunning ... Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."
"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious ...Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."
"Booklist," starred review
"Clever tales about writers and lovers ... Atwood is a playful, sharp-edged, and politically alert author."
"Kirkus Reviews""

"Witty and frequently biting ... this book's stories offer characters a chance to put their own understandings of gallantry, courage and revenge to the test, in ways both mundane and extraordinary."
--"The New York Times Book Review
"
"In "Stone Mattress" [Atwood is] having a high old time dancing over the dark swamps of Horror on the wings of satirical wit ... Look at these tales as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!"
--Ursula K Le Guin, "Financial Times
"
"These exuberantly told tales are a tour de force of wit, style, and discernment."
--"O" Magazine
"Eclectic, funny, vibrant, terrifying, beautiful, and utterly delightful."
--"Boston Globe
"
"[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance ... along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood's novels."
--"Minneapolis Star Tribune
"
"Stylish, acerbic and wickedly funny ... With wit, sympathy and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind."
--"Miami Herald
"
"[This] collection is surprisingly unsettling, gripping and at once laugh-out-loud hilarious. It attains its laudable goal: Myths last over time, and the stories in this book have that very quality. They are timeless, memorable and quite simply fun."
--"Chicago Tribune"
"Stunning ... Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious ... Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."
--"Booklist," starred review
"Clever tales about writers and lovers ... Atwood is a playful, sharp-edged, and politically alert author."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

"[These] stories have the caustic wit and giddy deviance ... along with the probing interiority and flinty insights of Atwood's novels."--"Minneapolis Star Tribune
"
"Stylish, acerbic and wickedly funny ... With wit, sympathy and precision, Atwood draws readers into a reflective frame of mind."--"Miami Herald
"
"Stunning ... Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Shrewdly brilliant, gleefully mischievous, and acerbically hilarious ... Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."--"Booklist," starred review
"Clever tales about writers and lovers ... Atwood is a playful, sharp-edged, and politically alert author."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"STUNNING...Atwood brings her biting wit to bear on the battle of the sexes."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"SHREWDLY BRILLIANT, GLEEFULLY MISCHIEVOUS, AND ACERBICALLY HILARIOUS...Atwood has the raptor's penetrating gaze, speed, and agility and never misses her mark."--"Booklist", starred review

"Clever tales about writers and lovers...ATWOOD IS A PLAYFUL, SHARP-EDGED, AND POLITICALLY ALERT AUTHOR."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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