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The robber bride

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

Format: Print Book 1998
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Summary
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

One of Margaret Atwood's most unforgettable characters lurks at the center of this intricate novel like a spider in a web. The glamorous, irresistible, unscrupulous Zenia is nothing less than a fairy-tale villain in the memories of her former friends. Roz, Charis, and Tony--university classmates decades ago--were reunited at Zenia's funeral and have met monthly for lunch ever since, obsessively retracing the destructive swath she once cut through their lives. A brilliantly inventive fabulist, Zenia had a talent for exploiting her friends' weaknesses, wielding intimacy as a weapon and cheating them of money, time, sympathy, and men. But one day, five years after her funeral, they are shocked to catch sight of Zenia: even her death appears to have been yet another fiction. As the three women plot to confront their larger-than-life nemesis, Atwood proves herself a gleefully acute observer of the treacherous shoals of friendship, trust, desire, and power.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Atwood's first novel since Cat's Eye (1989) deserves every superlative we can muster from hilarious to wise. At its heart lies a question Atwood posed to herself: "Where have all the Lady Macbeths gone?" She found a key to the answer in a terse little Grimm's fairy tale titled "The Robber Bridegroom," and her robber bride, a ruthless man-eater, was born. Zenia is a ravishing, smoky-maned villain with more life stories than a snake has skins. She claims to be everything from a gypsy orphan to a White Russian forced into prostitution by her emigre mother. Zenia has even managed to come back from the dead, bustier and more alluring than ever. But enthralling as this witchy liar is, it is the women she's duped and swindled we come to love. Atwood has created a trio of middle-aged marvels, all survivors of Zenia's greed, lust, and cunning. There's Tony, an elfin historian with immense owl eyes, a steely mind, and a passion for war. Charis is a kind albeit self-defeating mystic, while Roz is a successful, if hefty, businesswoman you wouldn't want to face at a poker table. Zenia has slithered into each of her lives and stolen their men, their money, and their self-respect, but each has rallied, faced their sorrowful pasts, and grown stronger in battle. Atwood has never expressed her views on the study of history, social mores, spiritual matters, and womanhood with more heart and panache. This is a genuine tour de force, witty and original, suspenseful and sagacious. ~--Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The author of Cat's Eye depicts a femme fatale's malevolent role in the lives of three women; a seven-week PW bestseller. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Canada -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Anchor Books,1998
Edition 1st Anchor Books ed.
Language English
Description 520 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780385491037 (pbk.)
0385491034 (pbk.)
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