By Margaret Atwood
Dancing women is Margaret Atwood's hugely praised first choice of brief fiction. In it she explores the darkish intricacies of the brain, the complexities of human relationships, and the clashes among cultures. within the tales, the mundane and the unusual intersect in unforeseen methods: ex-wives delight in a wierd dinner party at a psychiatrist's funeral; a tender pupil is pursued by means of an obsessed immigrant; an outdated girl shops up provides opposed to an approaching cataclysm. The fourteen tales variety in environment from Canada to England, from Mexico to the U.S., and painting characters who contact us and arouse in us compassion and figuring out. during this staggering assortment, Margaret Atwood maps human motivation we scarcely understand we've.
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From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Doris Lessing, a quick tale a few younger girl's adventure of turning out to be up in an unnamed African nation. a tender white woman, transforming into up on her family's farm within the African bush, remembers her encounters with the neighborhood tribal leader, Mshlanga, and the expansion of her know-how of the prestige of these round her.
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Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood