Author(s): Margaret Atwood
WINNER OF THE KITSCHIES RED TENTACLE AWARD FOR MOST PROGRESSIVE, INTELLIGENT AND ENTERTAINING SPECULATIVE NOVEL Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience - a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own - they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But slowly, unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. A sinister, wickedly funny novel about a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free, The Heart Goes Last is Margaret Atwood at her heart-stopping best.
I am a huge Atwood fan and have been reading her novels since my late teens. Her latest offering does not disappoint. Meet Stan and Charmaine, an ordinary couple bumbling along in a world gone bad. It’s the near future (or maybe even right now) – the economy has collapsed, they’ve lost their jobs and their home and their dreams have evaporated. Living in their car, paranoid and avoiding trouble which lurks at every turn, they are desperate for a way out. When they come across a new community called Consilience it seems too good to be true (and yes, it is!). To maintain a viable system, the Positron Project dictates that you alternate between prison and home. One month as a civilian with a prescribed job, living in a pristine home in a squeaky clean community and one month as a prisoner, working for the good of all (or, as we discover, the corrupt money-making endeavours of Positron’s mad architect). When Charmaine becomes infatuated with Max, one of the couple who live in their house during their prison months, and starts a torrid affair, the façade of Consilience begins to fall away. Wickedly funny. - Stella
A sinister, wickedly funny and deeply disturbing novel about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free
One of the most important writers in English today Germaine Greer Margaret Atwood is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure ... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist Michael Ondaatje It's easy to appreciate the grand array of Margaret Atwood's works ... in all their power and grace and variety. When I think of it, and put it together with her writerly gifts and achievements, it takes my breath away Alice Munro Atwood is a poet. Scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work John Updike
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize), and the MaddAddam trilogy: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. She is the winner of many awards, which, in addition to the Booker, include the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Italy's Premio Mondello and, in 2014, the Orion Book Award for Fiction. In 2012 she was awarded the title of Companion of Literature by The Royal Society of Literature. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada. www.margaretatwood.ca @MargaretAtwood