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THE FREEZE-DRIED GROOM (One of the Nine Tales in Stone Mattress)

THE FREEZE-DRIED GROOM (One of the Nine Tales in Stone Mattress)

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Margaret Atwood By MargaretAtwood Updated Oct 01, 2014

The Freeze-Dried Groom is one of the nine stories in Margaret Atwood's fantastic new collection Stone Mattress.  A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace.

Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Groom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

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NatalieJennifer7 NatalieJennifer7 May 09, 2016
Such an inspiration of mine! Have a look at my first story if you want to read an amateur Atwood fan!
MariaPautassi MariaPautassi Feb 10, 2017
A good silence. For Gweneth and for us.... Where did it come from?
nutmegtell nutmegtell Mar 09, 2016
I've discovered my love of short stories and this does not disappoint! Thank you for sharing Ms. Atwood !
MariaPautassi MariaPautassi Feb 10, 2017
wow! The conscience of two realities depending on the point of view... And yet another sother silence.
MariaPautassi MariaPautassi Feb 10, 2017
Love the way one situation can be so different, depending on the point of view. Multiple realities..
geoe41 geoe41 Dec 31, 2014
Atwood doesn’t spoon feed the reader. Enigmatic endings give a reader's imagination a role in the reading experience.