Synopses & Reviews
A lead title for Little, Brown this month is the latest paperback from Margaret Atwood, in which she weaves a compelling tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery around the true story of Grace Marks, convicted of the murder of her master in Canada in the 1840s. "Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate that it seems to be written on the skin." "Literary Review"
This tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery is wound around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s. Was Grace Marks a female fiend? A femme fatale? Or a weak and unwilling victim? The accusation of murderess follows her "like a taffeta skirt along the floor".