Synopses & Reviews
A powerful and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine, she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.
"This is a story about one of today's women...Bodily Harm is strong stuff, and the writing is nearly flawless." People
"It knocked me out. Margaret Atwood seems to be able to do just about everything: people, places, problems, a perfect ear, an exactly right voice." Anatole Broyard, The New York Times
"Romance and adventure by a female Graham Greene at his peak."
Marilyn French, author of The Women's Room
"Superior writing, terrifying suspense."
The Atlantic Monthly
"Secures her place in the upper ranks of important novelists."
"This is a story about one of today's women...Bodily Harm is strong stuff, and the writing is nearly flawless."
"The acerbic wit that is an Atwood trademark...political insights...comedy and pathos, and in the end, tragedy." Chicago Sun-Times
"Humor and satire, thoughtfulness, and lots of action make this a jam-packed novel." The Washington Post
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the author of over twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Among her most recent works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.