By the author of The Handmaid's Tale
Now a major NETFLIX series
Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.
'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel
'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times
'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' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mentalillness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardonfor Grace. He listens to her story, from her family's difficult passage out ofIreland into Canada, to her time as a maid in Thomas Kinnear's household. As hebrings Grace closer and closer to the day she cannot remember, he hears of theturbulent relationship between Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, and of thealarming behavior of Grace's fellow servant, James McDermott. Jordan is drawnto Grace, but he is also baffled by her. What will he find in attempting tounlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend, a bloodthirsty femmefatale? Or is she a victim of circumstances?
Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination thatreclaims a profoundly mysterious and disturbing story from the past century.With compassion, an unsentimental lyricism, and her customary narrativevirtuosity, Margaret Atwood mines the often convoluted relationships betweenmen and women, and between the affluent and those without position. The resultis her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work sinceThe Handmaid's Tale--in short, vintage Atwood.