Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

Susan Van Dyne, professor of women’s studies

“I’m fascinated by historical novels that recreate the unrecorded stories of women, and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace is one of the very best. The role of memory and how it works is central to the novel and it uses multiple points of view to unsettle easy answers about meanings of the central female character’s life. Atwood fascinates me by how precisely she can render the textures of daily life in the Victorian era, and at the same time how her probing of the unconscious resonates with our own contemporary doubts, fears, urges. At heart, the novel is a mystery, and I return to it again and again, captivated by what I’m still working to understand.”

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