Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

Nine Tales

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
In Margaret Atwood's stunning new collection of stories, her first since her #1 nationally bestselling 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, she returns to the here and now in this brilliant, new collection of stories.
     In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood's signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance. In "Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on a storage locker has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth," we remeet Tony, Charis, and Roz from The Robber Bride, but, years later, as their nemesis is seen in an unexpected form. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet's syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. In "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is revenged in the Arctic. This is classic Margaret Atwood, and she is at the very top of her form.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780771006807
Branch Call Number: FIC Atwoo
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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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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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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creinke3
Mar 21, 2015

I only recently discovered the delights of current short stories. I am surprised by how quickly I am pulled into caring for the characters and the development of the story. Atwood makes me laugh - she takes her characters to extremely challenging situations and they lets their weaknesses act out. Definitely worth hunting down more of her books and reading twice.

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