The Tent

The Tent

By Margaret Atwood

Nan A. Talese, Hardcover, 9780385516686, 176pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2006


One of the world’s most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark, punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian mini-fictions speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

In pieces ranging in length from a mere paragraph to several pages, Atwood gives a sly pep talk to the ambitious young; writes about the disconcerting experience of looking at old photos of ourselves; gives us Horatio's real views on Hamlet; and examines the boons and banes of orphanhood. “Bring Back Mom: An Invocation” explores what life was really like for the “perfect” homemakers of days gone by, and in “The Animals Reject Their Names,” she runs history backward, with surprising results.

Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, The Tent is vintage Atwood. Enhanced by the author’s delightful drawings, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day, and any other occasion that demands a special, out-of-the-ordinary gift.

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000; Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; her most recent novel, Oryx and Crak,e was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Orange Prize. Atwood was the 2005 recipient of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award, a unique accolade to mark a distinguished contribution to world literature and thought. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Praise For The Tent

Praise for Good Bones and Simple Murders

“Open to any page and you’ll find a little gem.” —Chicago Tribune

“When Margaret Atwood is good, she’s very good. And when she’s barbed, she’s better.” —Seattle Times

“[Atwood] proves she is an accomplished miniaturist…She can pack more wallop into less space than any other writer in her weight class.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

Praise for Bluebeards’s Egg

“Atwood’s crisp wit and steely realism are reminiscent of Edith Wharton.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Margaret Atwood renders visual, aural, and tactile events in such crisp, surprising language that her images crackle off the page.” —The Washington Post