Book Reviews

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

22642472[1]“Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in “Stone Mattress,” a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.” ~Goodreads

Isn’t it such a pleasure when you fall in love with an author’s writing and then find her brilliance continues in her other work?! The Handmaid’s Tale was an instant favorite of mine this year. I don’t know what took me so long to read it, but as soon as I stepped into Atwood’s mind, I knew she would be an author I would seek out.

Stone Mattress (September 2014) is Atwood again at her finest with nine short stories that really stretch the imagination with elements of fantasy yet staying true to her sly wit and elegant prose. These stories that sometimes read as tales are so original but make you feel like you’ve heard them before. Very fairy tale-esque. Atwood is able combine dark and funny with razor sharp observations of mortality, aging, friendship and relationships.

Sometimes my blog posts are short because I don’t have much to say. But this time it is short because I don’t know what to say. When someone asks “what did you like about it”. I can only say “everything”. You see, I LOVE short stories and this year I fell in love with Atwood’s writing. So one can only conclude that this is one of my favorite’s for 2014.

To sum up my feelings, I will quote a reader on Goodreads named Kerry who said about this book:

“I would read IKEA assembly instructions if Margaret Atwood wrote them.”

*Thank you to Edelweiss for the uncorrected eBook file. I was not required or compensated to post this review. I would add tons of quotes but I need to buy a finished copy to savor and make sure the quotes are accurate. 🙂



2 thoughts on “Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

  1. I’m so glad you loved this book! It’s so wonderful.

    But the GR quote doesn’t make sense; IKEA assembly instructions don’t have words — they’re just pictures! 😛

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