Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

Nine Tales

eBook - 2014
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A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2014
ISBN: 9780385539135
0385539134
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Atwood refers to characters in some of her previous novels in this series of short stories. As usual she is enigmatic and prophetic. The "stone mattress" story was the best but several were very memorable. Would "our turn" mobs ever challenge the old and frail if resources on the planet became over stressed?

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Linyarai
May 18, 2018

I read this book for the "A Short Story" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, I liked all of the different characters and the way many of them related.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 07, 2018

Stone Mattress, by Margaret Atwood, is a collection of short stories that drags your mind from one extreme to the other. Some stories are eerie and some are just peculiar, the one thing they all have in common is that you’re always just on the edge of being too uncomfortable. Even in the lighter fare, a part of you will find it almost too sinister to go on. It’s very much a thriller, but not necessarily in the obvious way. I loved the way each character was carefully crafted, and even though I certainly didn’t like all of them, there were also ones I felt for, and ones I just wanted to reach out and help. I’m not usually one to enjoy being scared by what I read, but this collection was absolutely riveting.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 30, 2017

This is yet another clever, original, provocative collection by one of my Mt. Rushmore authors. Atwood delivers a set of stories that challenged our preconceptions about aging and the supposed golden years.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

I will read ANYTHING by Margaret Atwood I love her so much. I liked the first three stories, which make up a little novella of sorts, and the title story "Stone Mattress".

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No_Stalkers4Me
Feb 28, 2016

Great read! Recommend.

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fpsutka
Dec 27, 2015

It's best to read the novel The Robber Bride before reading the short story: I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth.
A great collection of short stories.

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MplsPeggy
Aug 02, 2015

Margaret Atwood is at her best with short stories, and these are no exception. I love that they offer different perspectives of the same events, reminding us of what a strong role perception plays in history. The characters are beautifully complex and individualized.

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empbee
Jul 19, 2015

Vickedly good stories written in enjoyable style.

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uncommonreader
Apr 16, 2015

A wonderful collection of nine tales, some interconnected. Clever and very funny.

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