This review is from: Lady Oracle (Paperback)
I recommend this novel to readers of all genres. There's so much to take from it as it covers many themes. I particularly enjoyed the way Atwood weaves her childhood into her present narrative to show the catalysts for her adult behaviour.
Joan Foster begins life as an unloved bullied child in 1940's Canada. Her overeating compensates for her mother's constant disappointment and her father's seeming disinterest. We join the story when the adult Joan has faked her own death and is living in Italy. The unravelling of the reason for her escape forms the heart of the novel.
Atwood has a gift of dialogue and showing her world through the eyes of an isolated, confused young person. She's also able to do this without sentiment and by giving us a very flawed heroine.