Book #19: Alias Grace

Next up, I’m reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

I’m quite looking forward to it, I think. It isn’t my first Atwood; I had to read The Handmaid’s Tale for a class once. I liked it. I especially liked Atwood’s pacing and the way she revealed just enough about the world at just the right times. I’m assuming that Alias Grace will be like that. Except I don’t think it’ll be quite so dystopian, so maybe there won’t be quite so much to describe. At least not from the “This is totally different but a little familiar” standpoint.

As near as I can tell, Alias Grace about a young woman imprisoned for committing murders that she claims she can’t remember. She’s fairly enigmatic – some people think she is evil or insane or a femme fatale, others think she may be innocent. This is set in the mid-1800s, so perceptions of women were really different, and mental health as a medical field hadn’t really emerged yet.

A doctor in the newly-emerging field of mental health starts to question Grace. As he delves deeper into her mind and her past, he finds out more about the crime and the events surrounding it.

This book sounds fascinating. I read a chapter or two last night and I’m already pretty drawn in. I like Atwood, the book is really interesting so far, and I really want to keep reading.

We’ll see how much reading I can fit in between packing and getting ready to leave the country…


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