Margaret Atwood

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Cat's Eye

book | Fiction | 1988
Canada → McClelland & Stewart Inc
US → Doubleday

Controversial painter Elaine Risley returns from Vancouver for a retrospective of her work. Here, in Toronto, the city of her youth, she confronts the submerged layers of her past – her unconventional family, her eccentric and brilliant brother, the self-righteous Mrs. Smeath, and the two men Elaine later came to love in diverse and sometimes disastrous ways. But it is the enigmatic Cordelia, once her tormentor, then her best friend, whose elusive yet powerful presence in her life Elaine finally comes to understand.

The realm of childhood and growing up, with its secrecies, cruelties, betrayals, and terrors, has never been so brilliantly evoked.

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Reviews

A beautifully observed novel... Few writers have explored the vicissitudes of female friendship with as much acuity as Atwood does here Chris Ross
The Guardian
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Gripping... irresistible... Read it
The Times

A triumph. An emphatically taut and tender book.
Marie Claire

Not since Graham Greene or William Golding has a novelist captrued so forcefully the relationshi[ between school bully and victim... Atwood's power games are played, exquisitely, by little girls
Listener

Nightmarish, evocative, heartbreaking.
The New York Times Book Review

The best book in a long time on female friendships…Cat's Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom.
Cosmopolitan

Lyrical, startling in its mastery of language, compelling in its handling of memory and forgetting, in its understanding of the ravages of the unransomed past.
London Free Press

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