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
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!

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


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