A young woman returns to northern Quebec to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realise that going home means entering not only another place but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she sees that what she is really looking for is her own past.
Atwood's second novel, hailed by the New York Times as 'one of the most important novels of the twentieth century'. An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize
'One of the most important novels of the twentieth century...utterly remarkable' NEW YORK TIMES 'Utterly absorbing and satisfying' SUNDAY TIMES 'A deep understanding of human behaviour' MARILYN FRENCH
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet and has published more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.