In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.
Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?
Book reviews tend to be very opinionated. I wasn't really a fan of this one, and I am not a real fan of Margaret Atwood's writing style in general. I thought for the majority of the novel it was interesting leading up to a climax, though I found the ending was just disappointing.
I find that there are still many Atwood fans out there, I'm just not one of them.
Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace" is a fictionalized account of a Canadian murder mystery from the mid-1800s. As always, Atwood's captivating prose pulled me in after the first page and was almost impossible to put down. As with many of Atwood's previous works, this story explores gender roles and the strength of women in trying circumstances. A must-have for any Atwood fan, and anyone else looking for a smart, intense read!
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