By the author of The Handmaid's Tale
Now a major NETFLIX series
Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.
'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel
'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times
'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday
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.