The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Something about this book keeps you reading. It’s not the action, or the fast pace, but rather the deep characterization of three former college acquaintances.
Roz, Charis, and Tony, three women twenty years after college, come together at a Toronto restaurant to exchange complex emotions and stories about the funeral they attended. More accurately, about the mysterious and game-playing Zenia who set up her own funeral.
Margaret Atwood does a superb job of revealing the inner thoughts of the three ladies, their insecurities, faults, love life, and their genuine humanity toward the devil in disguise- Zenia.
The most amazing tributes are given to these ladies as Zenia overrides their friendships and humanity. Zenia easily manipulates them separately when Zenia needs something from them, whether it is money or their husband.
Everyone has a different definition of love and relationships. Zenia abuses all confidentialities and trust, yet is repeatedly allowed back onto the women’s porch.
Who will arise at the end and who’s really dead?
The reason I initially chose this book was because I recognized the author as the one who wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, which is a new series on TV (or is it a movie?). Regardless, I’m always looking to read new-to-me authors and the intrigue was well rewarded.
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