authors | March 15, 2015

First Look: Margaret Atwood's New Book, The Heart Goes Last

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood is the author of The Handmaid's Tale, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam, among many others. Her new book, The Heart Goes Last, will be published in September 2015. The novel is set in the same near-future universe as her Positron series of short stories, the most recent of which came out in 2013. Publishers Weekly shared this brief description of The Heart Goes Last:

"The Heart Goes Last tells the story of Charmaine and Stan, a couple living in their car and surviving almost entirely on tips. Their lives take a drastic turn, however, when they sign up for a 'social experiment' that provides them with jobs and a home. The caveat, though, is that the couple must do a stint in a prison cell every second month, while an 'alternate' pair occupies their house. According to the publisher, Charmaine and Stan become obsessed with their alternates, and 'the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over'."

Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She speaks on a wide range of issues relating to literature, social activism, political engagement, the creative process, the artist's role in society, technology and art, and, of course, her own accomplished body of work.

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