The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

November 2007

This was the usual Atwood page turner, and a return to the themes of Cat’s Eye—namely, female relationships and, in particular, the cruelties that women can mete out to each other. The book is structured differently than the other Atwood novels I’ve read; each section of the book is narrated from the point of view of one of the three of a total of four main characters (the real protagonist of the book, the titular “robber bride” Zenia, remains a mystery). As with most books structured like this, the transitions can be jarring; just as you get to know one character, you’re forced to move on to another one. But the individual sections are very absorbing, and as things heat up towards the end, you find yourself turning the pages faster. It’s definitely not up there with my favorite Atwood books, but it was absorbing nonetheless.

Further reading…