The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride

Book - 1993
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This is the wise, unsettling, drastic story of three women whose lives share a common wound: Zenia, a woman they first met as university students in the sixties. Zenia is smart and beautiful, by turns manipulative, vulnerable -- and irresistible. She has entered into their separate lives to ensnare their sympathy, betray their trust, and exploit their weaknesses. Now Zenia, thought dead, has suddenly reappeared. In this richly layered narrative, Atwood skilfully evokes the decades of the past as she retraces three women's lives, until we are back in the present -- where it's yet to be discovered whether Zenia's "pure, free-wheeling malevolence" can still wreak havoc.The Robber Bridereports from the farthest reaches of the sex wars and is one of Margaret Atwood's most intricate and subversive novels yet.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1993
ISBN: 9780771008214
Branch Call Number: FIC Atwoo 05ad 01
Characteristics: 546 p


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"Zenia is brilliant and deceitful, and her treacherous behavior brings out the ferocity in the other women in the story. Whether you admire her for her self-preservation or chide her for a lack of concern for others, Zenia is a character you can’t look away from."

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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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