Life Before Man
Margaret Atwood (Author)
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DescriptionA particularly complicated love triangle sets this poetic novel in motion--from the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments Elizabeth and Nate, though habitually unfaithful to each other, have remained married for more than a decade. But after Elizabeth's latest lover commits suicide, she emerges from her grief to find that her gentle, indecisive husband is on the verge of leaving her. He has become enamored of Lesje, a young paleontologist and perennial innocent who seems to prefers dinosaur fossils to humans. Elizabeth sets her sights on Lesje's live-in boyfriend, William, and the ensuing emotional maelstrom threatens to upend all of their lives. Blending painful honesty with cutting satire, Margaret Atwood give us characters whose haunting dilemmas linger long after the final page.
April 13, 1998
5.1 X 7.8 X 0.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, was followed in 2019 by a sequel, The Testaments, which was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. In 2020 she published Dearly, her first collection of poetry for a decade. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
"A splendid, fully integrated work. . . . Atwood is a writer of importance, with a deep understanding of human behavior." --The New York Times Book Review "Atwood writes with savage humor. Sentences are spare, kept under enormous compression, like a bent bow." --Esquire "Moving flawlessly from wit to pathos and back, Atwood constructs a superb living exhibit in which the artifacts are unique. . . . There is ample treasure in this novel." --Chicago Tribune