The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood (Author)
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Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

In the gated community of Consilience, residents who sign a contract will get a job and a lovely house for six months of the year--if they serve as inmates in the Positron prison system for the alternate months...

Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of nationwide economic collapse. Forced to live in their third-hand Honda, where they are vulnerable to roving gangs, they think the gated community of Consilience may be the answer to their prayers. At first, this seems worth it: they will have a roof over their heads and food on the table. But when a series of troubling events unfolds, Positron begins to look less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. The Heart Goes Last is a vivid, urgent vision of development and decay, freedom and surveillance, struggle and hope--and the timeless workings of the human heart.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publish Date
August 09, 2016
Pages
400
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.9 X 7.8 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781101912362
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About the Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

www.margaretatwood.ca

Reviews

"Captivating. . . . Thrilling. . . . Margaret Atwood [is] a living legend." --The New York Times Book Review

"Quintessential Atwood. . . . The writing here is so persuasive, so crisp, that it seeps under your skin." --The Boston Globe

"An arresting perspective on the confluence of information, freedom, and security in the modern age." --The New Yorker

"A gripping, psychologically acute portrayal of our own future gone totally wrong, and the eternal constant of flawed humanity." --Huffington Post

"Dystopia virtuoso Margaret Atwood turns her effortless world-building, deft humor and grim commentary on the depths of human hubris to the prison industrial complex, love and free will." --The Denver Post

"Rare apocalyptic entertainment. . . . Not only does Atwood sketch out an all-too-possible future but she also looks to the past, tapping into archetypes from fairy tales and myth, giving the novel a resonance beyond satire." --The Miami Herald

"Another Atwood classic." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Poignant. . . . Gloriously madcap. . . . You only pause in your laughter when you realise that, in its constituent parts, the world she depicts here is all too horribly plausible." --The Guardian (London)

"Engrossing." --The Austin Chronicle

"Wonderful. . . . Explores the idea of a powerful system and its discontents. . . . Atwood's The Heart Goes Last is a riveting addition to her oeuvre." --Electric Literature

"Atwood's creepy but entertaining vision of a possible future." --The Washington Times

"Fast-paced and funny. . . . True love ultimately endures in The Heart Goes Last, but so do the real terrors present in Atwood novels, all too often manifesting in ours." --PopMatters

"Eerily prophetic. . . . A heady blend of speculative fiction with noir undertones that is provocative, powerful and will prompt all readers to reassess which parts of their humanity are for sale." --BookPage

"Ever-inventive, astutely observant, and drolly ironic, Atwood unfurls a riotous plot. . . . This laser-sharp, hilariously campy, and swiftly flowing satire delves deeply into our desires, vices, biases, and contradictions, bringing fresh, incisive comedy to the rising tide of postapocalyptic fiction . . . in which Atwood has long been a clarion voice." --Booklist (starred review)