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Lady Oracle (Paperback)
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale
Joan Foster is a woman with numerous identities and a talent for shedding them at will. She has written trashy gothic romances, had affairs with a Polish count and an absurd avant-garde artist, and played at being a politically engaged partner to her activist husband. After a volume of her poetry becomes an unexpected literary sensation, her new fame attracts a blackmailer threatening to reveal her secrets. Joan’s response is to fake her own death and flee to a hill town in Italy. But what at first seems to be just another attempt to escape herself becomes instead an occasion for confronting the self-deception that has driven her since childhood. Studded with hair-raising comic escapades and piercing psychological insights, Lady Oracle is both hilarious and profound.
About the Author
MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.
“A rich, subtle, deep, delicate, nourishing book. It’s all joy, but it stays with you. She has things to tell us.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Brilliant and funny. I can’t tell you how exhilarating it was to read it—everything works. An extraordinary book.” —Joan Didion
“A very funny novel, lightly told with wry detachment and considerable art.” —The Washington Post Book World
"Funny, poignant, and briskly energetic." --Newsweek