misabelladares, May 19, 2010 (view all comments by misabelladares)
This is my favorite Atwood novel. From the epigraphs to the Author's Afterword, this is a superbly constructed work filled with images beautiful and grisly, characters devious and trapped, and fascinating period details. The quilt-pattern chapter titles, the murder ballad, the epistolary segments, dreams, the daily routine--it's true that one doesn't want it to end. A good one to read and re-read.
Avital, February 5, 2007 (view all comments by Avital)
Alias Grace is one of the best books I read last year. But of course, Margaret Atwood Never lets you down...She weaves a facinating story based on a true one about a young woman who might have been a Machiavelic murderess or a victim of circumstances. The story involves you as soon as it begins, and you never wish the book to end.
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eayc, September 9, 2006 (view all comments by eayc)
Fiction at it's best. The opening paragraph captured me and I've loved every word since. Although this book is about a vicious murder, the book is not scary. It the story of the woman accused. You won't be disappointed.
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In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.
Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?
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