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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
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Genevieve
Stone Mattress is stunningly good, old-fashioned storytelling. Margaret Atwood delivers on what she's known for: wonderfully etched characters that feel like real people with lived-in lives. In her latest collection, Atwood etches her characters in stone and ice.

Take for example the title story. We meet Verna, the personification of the cold 'black widow,' who nevertheless manages to make her serial husband-killings sympathetic and reasonable, as if they were an innocuous knitting hobby. Verna
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Doubleday  Books
Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with stories that explore the complex interior lives of nine women, and their relationships with men. Filled with Atwood's sly wit, masterful plotting, and elegant prose, Stone Mattress is a literary treat that is not to be missed by fans of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace. ...more
Cynthia Shannon
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I'd like Margaret Atwood, but I was pleasantly surprised that I did! Heard her speak at the Medium offices and received this book as a gift. Short stories were right what I needed. The one about the nursing home was so sad, made me think of my Grandmother. I should probably call my grandmother... ...more
Cathy Hayes
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I normally avoid short stories as I read quickly and often find them an unsatisfying read - not these Margaret Atwood tales though! A bit unsettling, very un-putdown-able and left me wanting more.
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