In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan – an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness – tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Thanks to a new miniseries, Margaret Atwood's 1996 stunner Alias Grace is back in the spotlight. Based on the harrowing true story of Grace Marks, a household servant convicted of two grisly murders in 1843 Canada, the novel serves up a gripping portrayal of Victorian-era crime, punishment, and superstitions. It’s also (no surprise) a sly rebuke to the persistent fear of women who refuse to slide neatly into society's prescribed roles.
In Atwood's latest, the notorious 19th-century murderess Grace Marks tells her story in a Toronto asylum.