Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

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by Margaret Atwood
     
 

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This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood's startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. Each of the fourteen stories shimmers with feelings, each illuminates the interior landscape of a woman's mind. Here men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms. different houses,

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This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood's startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. Each of the fourteen stories shimmers with feelings, each illuminates the interior landscape of a woman's mind. Here men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms. different houses, or even different worlds. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, the stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who touch us deeply, evoking terror and laughter, compassion and recognition—and dramatically demonstrate why Margaret Atwood is one on the most important writers in English today.

Editorial Reviews

Anatole Broyard
Dancing Girls is not a cheerful book, yet there's hope in it. What it shows us is that, no matter how bad things get. . .human personality can always be counted on to come up with yet another symptom, another desperate piece of poetry. There's no end to us, even in our unhappiness.
The New York Times
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“A stunning collection” The New York Times Book Review

“Margaret Atwood is a deeply serious writer who is also wildly funny.” Chatelaine

“Deft, sardonic: quintessential Atwood.” The Globe and Mail

“Margaret Atwood’s stories are fierce parables about the horror of city life and the power politics of relationships.… A remarkable collection.” Sunday Times (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385491099
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ANCHOR
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
515,089
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.74(d)

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Anatole Broyard
'Dancing Girls is not a cheerful book, yet there's hope in it. What it shows us is that, no matter how bad things get. . .human personality can always be counted on to come up with yet another symptom, another desperate piece of poetry. There's no end to us, even in our unhappiness. -- The New York Times

Meet the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
www.margaretatwood.ca

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
November 18, 1939
Place of Birth:
Ottawa, Ontario
Education:
B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
Website:
http://www.owtoad.com

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Dancing Girls and Other Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
When I picked it up, I had no idea that Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood was a book of short stories. I'm usually not a short story fan overall, but was excited to read Atwood's take, since I'm a big fan of her. I'm still working on my Margaret Atwood Challenge, reading one of her novels per month, basically in order of publication, so this is my December book. While a few of the stories in Dancing Girls had endings that left me stumped, I still enjoyed reading them. But for the most part, they kept me very entertained. For instance, The War in the Bathroom was told over the course of a week, where a woman feels like her living space is being invaded daily by an elderly man whose bathroom habits can be clearly heard from her room. Then in The Man from Mars, a strange little foreign man begins to stalk Christine. . . Rape Fantasies has a dark name, but is a witty story about one woman's ridiculous rape fantasies that somehow turn into love. Atwood's Dancing Girls has a common theme of obsession with a hint of crazy that touches almost every story in the collection. And of course, you know I'm loving the obsessive/crazy theme with my psychological thriller kick! If you enjoy Margaret Atwood or enjoy reading short stories, these are some great ones to get into! Speaking of obsession, what is something you are a little obsessed with? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kartavis a bad man