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ISBN13: 9780385491037
ISBN10: 0385491034
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Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony,  Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy  commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book  Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

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This splendid novel, first published in 1993, is an exploration of the paradox of woman as villain. With more than 400,000 copies already in print, this first appearance in trade paperback will allow thousands of new readers to enjoy Atwood's virtuoso wit.<P>Set in contemporary Toronto, the novel revolves around the lives of three fascinating women. Classmates from university, Roz, Charis, and Tony all shared the seductive and destructive experience of a past friendship with the flashy, sensuous, smart, irresistible Zenia. As the novel opens, they are twenty years past their college days and have met at Zenia's funeral. At lunch, after the funeral, they spot Zenia — not dead at all and up to no good.

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.

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Lauren Dupuis, June 11, 2014 (view all comments by Lauren Dupuis)
This is by far my least favorite Atwood, and I have read a lot of her work. I still enjoyed it, Atwood is amazing. But I caution anyone that hasn't read her before. Don't come to this book first. I don't want this to be your first and only experience with her writing.
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Laurel Przybylski, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Laurel Przybylski)
Margaret Atwood combines characters' perspectives and experiences throughout this book to create
a complete picture of a mysterious character, Xenia, who has affected the lives the three women, Tony,
Charis, and Roz. She insinuates herself into their lives and then managed to steal husbands,lovers,or
boyfriends from each of them. They each have a difference story of her life from her. They become friends
because of the betrayal they experienced at the hands of Xenia.

She shows up after a "staged death" at a cafe where the friends are having lunch after her "memorial".
They all find ways to solve the mystery of Xenia's death and continued life.
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Ariel Valladares, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Ariel Valladares)
An absolute must-read! Wonderfully written and so easy to sink into--the hours spent reading will fly by. Margaret Atwood tells how some people, like Zenia, are just plain bad. Then some people, like Roz, Tony, & Charis, can be cut off at the knees, hearts ripped out their chests, but then rise to live again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385491037
Author:
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
Publisher:
Anchor
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Women
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;women;canadian;canada;novel;friendship;canadian literature;20th century;feminism;atwood;literature;toronto;literary fiction;betrayal;relationships;contemporary fiction;canadian fiction;margaret atwood;contemporary;mystery;women writers;love;1990s;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
100
Publication Date:
19980120
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.1 in 0.8188 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This splendid novel, first published in 1993, is an exploration of the paradox of woman as villain. With more than 400,000 copies already in print, this first appearance in trade paperback will allow thousands of new readers to enjoy Atwood's virtuoso wit.<P>Set in contemporary Toronto, the novel revolves around the lives of three fascinating women. Classmates from university, Roz, Charis, and Tony all shared the seductive and destructive experience of a past friendship with the flashy, sensuous, smart, irresistible Zenia. As the novel opens, they are twenty years past their college days and have met at Zenia's funeral. At lunch, after the funeral, they spot Zenia — not dead at all and up to no good.
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