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The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

8.7K Reads 325 Votes 7 Part Story
Margaret Atwood By MargaretAtwood Updated Sep 29, 2015

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around—and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes.
     At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

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Glaciergirl2 Glaciergirl2 Feb 14, 2016
I love Grandma win's optimism, next to the grim reality- so unexpectedly cheerful.
AEJGRAM AEJGRAM May 19, 2016
I can actually see myself in the car..... ..smell the smells ...the "non movement"...how cramped it is. Love Grandma..her words of wisdom that are cast out into the air
pixenglish pixenglish Jun 15, 2016
A new book from one of my favourite authors *claps hands in delight*.
suvachana suvachana Dec 09, 2015
the 'spa-cious'  back ...perhaps to take readers into a safer space, somewhere else, like Gran Win's suggestion?
dlcheslop dlcheslop Dec 04, 2015
Chilling! Really curious what's happening outside that window...
KaranSeraph KaranSeraph Oct 08, 2015
If only they'd bought the Honda Fit back then, they could at least be moving the seats to 'long' configuration for sleeping, if not folding down the mid-row seats to put a mattress in the back. I imagine the couple fighting about that. "You had to pick the CIVIC!"