It's 1843, and 16-year-old Grace Marks is serving a life sentence for the murder of her employer and his mistress. But she claims she doesn't remember committing the crime. Dr. Simon Jordan, a mental health expert, is on a quest to recover Grace's memory and discover the truth. A gripping story inspired by true events, Alias Grace showcases Atwood at her finest and garnered international acclaim.
Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in 1996 and was a finalist for several other major awards, including the Man Booker Prize.
The visitors wear afternoon dresses with rows of buttons up their fronts, and stiff wire crinolines beneath. It's a wonder they can sit down at all, and when they walk, nothing touches their legs under the billowing skirts, except their shifts and stockings. They are like swans, drifting along on unseen feet; or else like the jellyfish in the waters of the rocky harbour near our house, when I was little, before I ever made the long sad journey across the ocean. They were bell-shaped and ruffled, gracefully waving and lovely under the sea; but if they washed up on the beach and dried out in the sun there was nothing left of them. And that is what the ladies are like: mostly water.
From Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood ©1996. Published by McClelland & Stewart.