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Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last

 
 
Author
Margaret Atwood.
Publisher Nan A. Talese  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.55 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780385540353
Pages/Publication Date 308/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59364
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Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse, in Margaret Atwood's first standalone novel since the 2000 Booker Prize winner The Blind Assassin. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, making them vulnerable to roving gangs and desperate to turn their situation around. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one there is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable house to live in. But on alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. When Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house whenever she and Stan are in prison, however, a series of troubling and dangerous events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger and making Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

"Ever-inventive, astutely observant, and drolly ironic, Atwood unfurls a riotous plot of corporate rule, erotic mayhem, sexbots, brain-washing, murder, and Elvis and Marilyn impersonators. Her bristling characters range from right-on caricatures to unpredictably complicated individuals, especially the unnerving Charmaine. Atwood's ribald carnival of crazy deftly examines fear and the temptation to trade the confusion of choice and freedom for security, whatever the cost. 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)

 
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