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By the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments and Alias Grace

One of the most important novels of the 20th century . . . utterly remarkable’ New York Times

‘I feel it will be different if I look myself. Probably when we get there my father will have returned from wherever he has been, he will be sitting in the cabin waiting for us.’

A young woman returns to northern Quebec, to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and her two friends to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realise that going home means entering not only another place but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she sees that what she is really looking for is her own past.

‘A stunning and satisfying book’ Time Out

‘Utterly absorbing’ Sunday Times


‘Atwood has undertaken a serious and complex task. . . . She shows the depths that must be explored if one attempts to live an examined life’ New York Times Book Review

‘Margaret Atwood is one of the most intelligent and talented writers to set herself the task of deciphering life in the late twentieth century’ Vogue

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One of the most important novels of the twentieth century...utterly remarkable
New York Times
One of the most important novels of the twentieth century...utterly remarkable
New York Times
A novelist and poet of great gifts
Guardian
A deep understanding of human behaviour
Marilyn French
A deep understanding of human behaviour
Marilyn French
A novelist and poet of great gifts
Guardian
Utterly absorbing and satisfying
Sunday Times
Utterly absorbing and satisfying
Sunday Times