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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
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Aug 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from August 14 to 20, 2011

Based on true events, Margaret Atwood uses her prodigious talents to imagine the story of Grace Marks, who was tried and convicted at the age of 16 of murder in Toronto in 1843. The narrative alternates between the third person and Grace in the first person. Grace and her co-conspirator, who was hanged for the offence, each gave conflicting stories at their arrest and subsequent trial. An ambitious young alienist has been tasked with trying to determine if the enigmatic Grace, already having served over 15 years of her life sentence, some of it in prison, some in an asylum, is a cold blooded murderer or if she is an innocent victim of circumstances.

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