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In order to decide this we need to VOTE. Please note your top three choices to read/reread in order of preference, or note that you're interested but have no preference. Below please find a list of her novels and short fiction collections to assist you.
The Edible Woman (1969)
Lady Oracle (1976)
Life Before Man (1979)
Bodily Harm (1981)
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) DONE!
Cat's Eye (1988)
The Robber Bride (1993)
Alias Grace (1996)
The Blind Assassin (2000)
Oryx and Crake (2003)
The Penelopiad (2005)
SHORT FICTION COLLECTIONS
Dancing Girls (1977)
Murder in the Dark (1983)
Bluebeard's Egg (1983)
Through the One-Way Mirror (1986)
Wilderness Tips (1991)
Good Bones (1992)
Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994)
The Tent (2006)
Moral Disorder (2006)
1st choice: Blind Assassin
2nd choice: Surfacing
3rd choice: Alias Grace
2. Cat's Eye
3. The Robber Bride (these both because they are so different from Handmaid's Tale)
(As an aside, I thought that "Through the One-Way Mirror" was an essay. I think it was regarding Canada-US relations and/or mutual perceptions?? But I could be mistaken.)
>5 DevourerOfBooks: well, I have an extra copy of Surfacing that I could send you (if you're in the US), should that make the cut:-) I picked it up this morning at a library sale.
>7 sqdancer:, 8 I got the list from wikipedia, and noticed the title -- "something I don't have, I thought, must look into that!" but, haven't had the chance. Thanks for the clarification.
I loved Margaret Atwood when I was a teenager, but stopped reading her for a long time after university - I have a long gap between The Robber Bride and Oryx and Crake (although after Oryx I went back and read the intervening two). So I'd be most interested in the earlier stuff - especially The Edible Woman, Lady Oracle, or Surfacing, or else The Robber Bride (to see if I can see what put me off).
That said, I think Oryx & Crake is a really interesting comparison to The Handmaid's Tale - the different way that Atwood conceives of these two dystopias, 20 years apart.
>12 wandering_star: I agree, that O&C would be an interesting to read following The Handmaid's Tale. If it doesn't fly here, some of us could still read it as part of the Dystopian group, eh?