In Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, an artist returning to her home city is consumed by images of the lavish cruelties she endured there as a child.

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayal and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.

Shortlisted
1989 Booker Prize
Published by
Bloomsbury
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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood is the world-renowned author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays.
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