Synopses & Reviews
Margaret Atwood's latest brilliant collection of short stories follows the life of a single character, seen as a girl growing up the 1930s, a young woman in the 50s and 60s, and, in the present day, half of a couple, no longer young, reflecting on the new state of the world. Each story focuses on the ways relationships transform a character's life: a woman's complex love for a married man, the grief upon the death of parents and the joy with the birth of children, the realization of what growing old with someone you love really means. By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage.
"Sharply focused, intensely personal....Moral Disorder is domestic realism at its most convincing....These are poignant stories crammed with richly nostalgic detail, rueful, wise, elegiac." Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books
"Elegant....In Moral Disorder, Atwood travels deep into the expanse of memories and language built up over her writing lifetime and offers a handful of gems to illuminate our times." The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Searingly intelligent....[These are] beguiling narratives that Atwood unspools with signature grace and incisiveness." Elle
"[A]lternatively humorous and heart-wrenching, occasionally sardonic and always brutally honest in the depiction of our often contorted relationships with one another, with nature, and with ourselves." Library Journal
In these ten interrelated stories, Atwood traces the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it. By turns funny, tragic, earthy, and deeply personal, "Moral Disorder" displays Atwoods celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.