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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
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Jan 06, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, womens
Read in September, 1988

A novel about a painter who returns to her childhood home to attend a retrospective of her artwork and is flooded with profound and previously hidden memories, many of which she interprets differently as an adult than she did as a child. As she comes to grips with her past, she understands and recreates herself as artist, wife, and woman. Margaret Atwood uses flashbacks triggered by various places and symbols to tell the story of the past non-linearly. I could barely put this book down. I hope I'm not divulging too much of the plot by saying that anyone who has been labeled a "misfit" by (any) society and who has used their art (or another creative device) to transmute their pain will see some of themselves in these pages. It is both hilarious and sad, mirroring the process of growing up. The descriptions of the paintings alone are worth the read.

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