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Cat's eye

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

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Summary
Painter Elaine Risley's return to Toronto, the city of her youth, evokes a flood of memories and allows her at long last to reconcile with her past.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Atwood's sophisticated, intensely moving novel about a feminist artist who remembers growing up in the 1940s and 1950s powerfully evokes the vicious, obsessive power games among young girls who are "friends.""
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Herself the daughter of a Canadian forest entomologist, Atwood writes in an autobiographical vein about Elaine Risley, a middle-aged Canadian painter (and daughter of a forest entomologist) who is thrust into an extended reconsideration of her past while attending a retrospective show of her work in Toronto, a city she had fled years earlier in order to leave behind painful memories. Most pointedly, Risley reflects on the strangeness of her long relations with Cordelia, a childhood friend whose cruelties, dealt lavishly to Risley, helped hone her awareness of our inveterate appetite for destruction even while we love, and are understood as characteristically femininea betrayal of other women that masks a ferocious betrayal of oneself. Atwood's portrayal of the friendship gives the novel its fraught and mysterious center, but her critical assessment of Cordelia and the ``whole world of girls and their doings'' also takes the measure of a coercive, conformist society (not quite as extreme as in the futuristic The Handmaid's Tale ). Emerging ``the stronger'' for her latecoming understanding of herself, Risley in the final pages rises above the ties that bound her, transcendently alive to the possibilities of ``light, shining out in the midst of nothing.'' BOMC main selection. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women painters Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Girls Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Toronto (Ont.) Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2011
2011
Contributors Farr, Kimberly.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Kimberly Farr.
Language English
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Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780307939968
0307939960
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