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True story with an unexpected (fictional) twist.
on 24 January 2017
I loved this book. I found it utterly absorbing in how Grace's story was narrated, it sucked me in and held me down. It is told, in her own words, through a series of interview she does with a Doctor. You get a rough idea about the crime she has supposedly committed, and then it goes back to the beginning of her life, and how she reached that point - with the details slowly revealed. It is interspaced with letters that were written to and from Dr's, the clergy and judiciary who are debating whether she is fit to be released, as well as a sub story about the Dr talking to her. It is based on a true story and the ending is guess work, but I really enjoyed how Atwood was tied up. Don't expect the expected in this story though - there is a sting in the tail! We read this in book group and had a lot to discuss. We talked about fiction using real life as a basis, is it a good idea filling in the blanks in stories, we also discussed the treatment of women in bygone age, has this changed at all, and whether those who are in a position of trust and authority are frequently more perverse, criminal and immoral than those they are passing judgement on.