Saturday, August 8, 2009

What I'm Reading Now

I'm always following a book trail. Sue Monk Kidd mentioned Margaret Atwood's novel Surfacing in her Dance of the Dissident Daughter, and it sounded interesting. I'd already read and enjoyed Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, so based on Kidd's recommendation and my prior experience with Atwood, I'm going to give it a try.

"Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices. Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose. Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole."

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