In each of these tales Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age.By superimposing the past on the present, Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret, and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery.Richly layered and disturbing, poignant at times and scathingly witty at others, the stories in Wilderness Tips take us into the strange and secret places of the heart and inform the familiar world in which we live with truths that cut to the bone.
Margaret Atwood is the author of over twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays.Among her most recent works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders.She lives in Toronto.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which includeThe Edible Woman(1969), The Handmaid s Tale(1985), The Robber Bride(1994), Alias Grace(1996), andThe Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.A book of short stories calledStone Mattress: Nine Taleswas published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam(2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominatedOryx and Crake(2003) and continued withThe Year of the Flood(2009). The Tent(mini-fictions) andMoral Disorder(short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007.In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealthwas adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. www.margaretatwood.ca"
--The New York Times
"Atwood's writing is assured, her focus clear and her humor ample."
"Atwood's voice, honed after years of writing such books as Lady Oracle and The Handmaid's Tale, is sharper than ever, but still funny...it whispers that the wilderness is right here, right now."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Each of the stories in Wilderness Tips is a gem, a glittering piece to which one is drawn again and again. To read them is to enter a startling world: strange and too close for comfort."