Nine darkly humorous tales from one of todays greatest writers. Margaret Atwood is one of the most important and dynamic literary voices in the world. Her books have sold almost 1.5 million copies in the UK alone,Margaret Atwood has won the Booker Prize once and been shortlisted five times. This is Margaret Atwood's first story collection since Moral Disorder was published in 2006.
A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatalite.
In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.