Books by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five works of fiction, poetry, and essays, published in more than forty countries. Her most recent works include the Booker Prize—winning novel The Blind Assassin and Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on


A TRIO OF TOLERABLE TALES by Margaret Atwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Fine exercise for stretching linguistic muscles; great fun for reading aloud. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Atwood lets four letters of the alphabet assume starring roles in these three alliterative stories—R and W each in its own, with B and D sharing the limelight in another. Read full book review >
HAG-SEED by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Deliberate and carefully built, this novel rarely pulls off true theater's magic of transforming glitter confetti into fairy dust."
Despite its title, this novelization of The Tempest explores the perspective not of Caliban, the enslaved witch's son, but of Prospero, his magician master. Read full book review >
THE HEART GOES LAST by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"As one of a small group of authors who won literary credibility for dystopian fiction, Atwood has taught her readers to expect better."
Dystopian clichés are played as farce in this nasty tale. Read full book review >
STONE MATTRESS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Up to her old tricks and not dropping a card."
Clever tales about writers, lovers and other weirdos. Read full book review >
MADDADDAM by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"By no means her finest work, but Atwood remains an expert thinker about human foibles and how they might play out on a grand scale."
Atwood closes her post-apocalyptic trilogy (Oryx and Crake, 2003; The Year of the Flood, 2009) with a study of a small camp of survivors, redolent with suggestions about how new-world mythologies are made. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Wholly satisfying, with plenty of insights for Atwood and sci-fi fans alike."
A witty, astute collection of essays and lectures on science fiction by the acclaimed novelist. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Another stimulating dystopia from this always-provocative author, whose complex, deeply involving characters inhabit a bizarre yet frighteningly believable future."
Atwood returns to the post-apocalyptic world she imagined in Oryx and Crake (2003, etc.). Read full book review >
BASHFUL BOB AND DOLEFUL DORINDA by Margaret Atwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"So be bold and don't delay. (Picture book. 7-9)"
First U.S. edition of another alliterative tale from the co-creators of Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes (2004). Read full book review >
MORAL DISORDER by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Crisp prose, vivid detail and imagery and a rich awareness of the unity of human generations, people and animals, and Nell's own exterior and inmost selves, make this one of Atwood's most accessible and engaging works yet."
The stages of a woman's life and loves are presented in 11 elegantly linked episodes, in the Booker-winning Canadian author's latest collection. Read full book review >
THE TENT by Margaret Atwood
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"If Atwood's name weren't attached, no publisher would bother putting this trivia between book covers."
Top-of-the-head riffs, the majority occupying a peculiar middle ground between fiction and allegory, from the Canadian novelist (Oryx and Crake, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 19, 2005

"For the die-hard fan."
Frothy, courtly occasional pieces from Booker-winning Atwood (The Blind Assassin, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
RUDE RAMSAY AND THE ROARING RADISHES by Margaret Atwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 2, 2004

"Edgy watercolor illustrations use a subdued palette of green, lavender, and red with a radiant rainbow to celebrate the happy ending. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In her second alliterative adventure for children, Canadian writer Atwood focuses on words beginning with the letter R, reeling off strings of adjectives and actions in a rollicking tale of a red-headed boy named Ramsey and his red-nosed rat pal, Ralph. Read full book review >
ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"A landmark work of speculative fiction, comparable to A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and Russian revolutionary Zamyatin's We. Atwood has surpassed herself."
Environmental unconcern, genetic engineering, and bioterrorism have created the hollowed-out, haunted future world of Atwood's ingenious and disturbing 11th novel, bearing several resemblances to The Handmaid's Tale (1985). Read full book review >
THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Boldly imagined and brilliantly executed."
Atwood's skillfully woven tenth novel is her most ambitious and challenging work to date, and a worthy successor to her recent triumph, Alias Grace (1996). Read full book review >
ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Through characteristically elegant prose and a mix of narrative techniques, Atwood not only crafts an eerie, unsettling tale of murder and obsession, but also a stunning portrait of the lives of women in another time."
A fascinating elaboration—and somewhat of a departure for Atwood (The Robber Bride, 1993, etc.)—of the life of Grace Marks, one of Canada's more infamous killers. Read full book review >
GOOD BONES AND SIMPLE MURDERS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Readers will resent paying what averages out to about ten dollars per hour for this."
Atwood (The Robber Bride, 1993, etc.) is always at her worst when her acerbic sneer overwhelms other elements, and there is barely room for anything else in these short-short works. Read full book review >
THE ROBBER BRIDE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"Amusing sometimes, but flogged and padded—hardly one of Atwood's better efforts."
Antonia (Tony), Karen (Charis), and Roz are three 50-ish Toronto friends, pals since college, all of whom have had to negotiate (and none too well) the treacheries of another friend, Zenia—someone who in the past has stolen a significant man from each of the others. Read full book review >
THE PENELOPIAD by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1991

"Pure Atwood."
An effective, uniformly controlled collection of ten stories from the author of, most recently, Cat's Eye (1989). Read full book review >
WILDERNESS TIPS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1991

"Pure Atwood."
An effective, uniformly controlled collection of ten stories from the author of, most recently, Cat's Eye (1989). Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1989 by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, Rick DeMarinis, in 'The Flowers of Boredom,' does provide a context for his story—a defense contractor—that is very different, the world of work separated from the other stories' more common private emotions; and it oddly serves to make the rest seem fairly hothouse-ish by comparison."
Novelist Atwood writes a mild, conventional introduction to her choices for this year's Best, which themselves are mostly mild and conventional stories. Read full book review >
CAT'S EYE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1988

"All the better Atwood trademarks are here—wry humor, unforgiving detailed observation, a tart prose style—and likely to attract a wide audience."
Atwood's wide-screen, cautionary Handmaid's Tale (1986) confirmed the author's place in the major leagues, and here she follows up with a work of intensity and tart wit. Read full book review >
BLUEBEARD'S EGG by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 1986

"Through most of Atwood's undistinguished second collection of short fiction runs her feminist sense of angst and alienation; occasional stabs at mitigating humor mostly miss their mark."
Atwood (Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale, etc.) here adds two new stories to a collection first published in her native Canada in 1983. Read full book review >
THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1985

"Tinny perhaps, but still a minutely rendered and impressively steady feminist vision of apocalypse."
The time is the not-so-distant future, when the US's spiraling social freedoms have finally called down a reaction, an Iranian-style repressive "monotheocracy" calling itself the Republic of Gilead—a Bible-thumping, racist, capital-punishing, and misogynistic rule that would do away with pleasure altogether were it not for one thing: that the Gileadan women, pure and true (as opposed to all the nonbelieving women, those who've ever been adulterous or married more than once), are found rarely fertile. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1983

"In sum: a generous yet lightweight assemblage, with little interest to those not specializing in Canadian literature."
Canadian novelist/poet Atwood makes no large claims for the reviews and talks collected in this bulky volume. Read full book review >
DANCING GIRLS by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1982

"Still, the story form finally seems a little inhospitable to Atwood's unsparingly discomforting talent, which benefits most from a poem's distillation or a novel's large clemency; and these pieces, too short for real development but long enough to become terribly dreary, offer only flickering evidence of Atwood's substantial gifts."
The themes are quintessentially Atwoodian: a little terror, a lot of ennui, and women's hunger for exactly the things they detest most (or so they think). Read full book review >
BODILY HARM by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 1982

"Still: strong work, reflecting a powerfully bleak vision—though too obvious and linear for fully satisfying fiction."
Rennie is a free-lance Toronto journalist in her thirties. Read full book review >
TWO-HEADED POEMS by Margaret Atwood
Released: Feb. 1, 1981

"But when she is in top form—as in 'Marrying the Hangman,' a subtly political portrait of gender and power—she establishes her fight to be taken very seriously indeed."
Margaret Atwood's poetry is too good for the implicit condescension in the acclaim for her as a woman writing about women—and judging from her new book, she is getting better all the time. Read full book review >
LIFE BEFORE MAN by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1979

"Monumentally depressing, thoroughly gifted work from a very special novelist."
If there are such things as "poet's novels," Margaret Atwood writes them. Read full book review >
LADY ORACLE by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"Lady Oracle's automatic reading—a charming certainty."
There were those who admired The Edible Woman, while Surfacing—post-discovery chic?—attracted still more attention. Read full book review >
SURFACING by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1973

"Miss Atwood is a remarkable writer with a style that's clear and clean and close to the bone but since her heroine is so exempt from feeling, it still remains a kind of suicide chic even where she distances beyond those lost causes (the ecology, liberation, etc.) we consider fashionable."
Themes of some of her poems — a "universe. . . that survives only by devouring parts of itself," and man or woman as a lonely and primeval (often "furry") animal — are all part of this novel which is as charged and delusional as the talented Edible Woman although her heroine, a young woman whose life becomes a repudiation of it, is far less appealing. Read full book review >
THE EDIBLE WOMAN by Margaret Atwood
Released: Oct. 5, 1970

"For its intelligence gentled by sympathy, its eye for telltale detail, and its humor which ranges from wit to some waywardly funny scenes—a distinct pleasure to read."
This is a first novel of genuine style applied to the most ordinary circumstances. . . disconcerting, faintly ominous, and moving with the greatest of ease from the expected to the unexpected. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 1968

"The poems, on a variety of miniatured subjects, are both oblique in intent and attractively crystalline in expression."
These generally brief poems peregrinate wittily—an impression of discoveries as neat and exquisite as the calligraphy of fox footprints in the snow. Read full book review >