Atwood’s first new fiction publication since The Testaments, this deeply personal collection includes a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love — and what comes after
The stories explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords.
They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales.
The glorious range of Atwood’s creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.
‘Gripping… a writer in full possession of her powers’ Financial Times
‘These reflections on marriage, mortality and many-tentacled aliens show Atwood’s mastery of the short form’ Guardian
‘She’s Margaret Atwood, and she can do anything’ Ann Patchett
‘There is no greater living writer’ Daily Telegraph
‘The outstanding novelist of our age’ Sunday Times
‘A living legend’ New York Times Book Review