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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spiderfelt_0
Jan 30, 2017

This is yet another clever, original, provocative collection by one of my Mt. Rushmore authors. Atwood delivered 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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Karen9
Apr 07, 2015

A very sophisticated story, and takes a lot of attention to be able to admire the skillful writing the author has. A little lack of attention can cause you to lose attention. A worthwhile read however, intriguing experience to read this.

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foxylady31
Apr 06, 2015

Wasn't impressed by this book..

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

I absolutely think that the first three interconnected stories are the best in the book. I loved seeing the story through the eyes of three different people.
Torching the Dusties was my second favorite.

I didn't like the rest of the stories quite as much but the collection as a whole is stellar.

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