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5 Margaret Atwood Books You Must Read If You Loved THE TESTAMENTS

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Having devoured THE HANDMAID’S TALE, stayed up all night reading THE TESTAMENTS, and, of course, binged the Hulu show, we’re always on the hunt for more from Margaret Atwood. These five novels are some of our favorite pre-HANDMAID’S TALE’s Atwood books, showcasing the masterful prose and storytelling that has defined her career.


Dancing Girls
by Margaret Atwood

This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood's startlingly original voice. Her men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms, different houses, or even different worlds. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, the stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who touch us deeply, evoking terror and laughter, compassion and recognition.

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Dancing Girls
Margaret Atwood

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Bodily Harm
by Margaret Atwood

This is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's BODILY HARM is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

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Bodily Harm
Margaret Atwood

From the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Handmaid’s Tale—now an Emmy Award-winning Hulu original series—and Alias Grace, now a Netflix original series.

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

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Surfacing
by Margaret Atwood

Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, SURFACING is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices.

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Surfacing
Margaret Atwood

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Lady Oracle
by Margaret Atwood

Joan Foster is the bored wife of a myopic ban-the-bomber. She takes off overnight as Canada's new superpoet, pens lurid gothics on the sly, attracts a blackmailing reporter, skids cheerfully in and out of menacing plots, hair-raising traps, and passionate trysts, and lands dead and well in Terremoto, Italy. In this remarkable novel, Margaret Atwood proves yet again why she is considered to be one of the most important and accomplished writers of our time.

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Lady Oracle
Margaret Atwood

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Life Before Man
by Margaret Atwood

Imprisoned by walls of their own construction, here are three people, each in midlife, in midcrisis, forced to make choices--after the rules have changed. Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality, her suppressed rage, is married to the wrong man. She has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover...and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably toward the same climax.

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Life Before Man
Margaret Atwood

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