The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride

eBook - 1998
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

One of Margaret Atwood's most unforgettable characters lurks at the center of this intricate novel like a spider in a web. The glamorous, irresistible, unscrupulous Zenia is nothing less than a fairy-tale villain in the memories of her former friends. Roz, Charis, and Tony--university classmates decades ago--were reunited at Zenia's funeral and have met monthly for lunch ever since, obsessively retracing the destructive swath she once cut through their lives. A brilliantly inventive fabulist, Zenia had a talent for exploiting her friends' weaknesses, wielding intimacy as a weapon and cheating them of money, time, sympathy, and men. But one day, five years after her funeral, they are shocked to catch sight of Zenia: even her death appears to have been yet another fiction. As the three women plot to confront their larger-than-life nemesis, Atwood proves herself a gleefully acute observer of the treacherous shoals of friendship, trust, desire, and power.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1998, c1993.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307797971
030779797X
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (535 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 01, 2020

A retelling of the Grimm fairytale The Robber Bridegroom...but with a villain who uses the three protagonists worst fears against themselves. It makes me want to go back and review the source material!

Tigard_DeidraM Oct 29, 2019

Many years ago, I purchased this book at the airport based on the cover alone. Little did I know that it would introduce me to a brilliant, thought-provoking author who is a master story-teller. I went on to read many more of Margaret Atwood's books after this one. If you like the more recently-resurrected "The Handmaid's Tale," this might be a good next read. Dark and immersive, this book is hard to put down, and I highly recommend it!

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davidp1
Oct 06, 2018

This is a brilliant novel -- I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. Here's an amazing interview of Atwood in which she talks about the novel and the problems associated with writing about evil female characters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zj-3a_NvKs

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