Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Book - 2006
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Margaret Atwood has long been praised for the wit, sympathy and intelligence she brings to her depictions of ordinary people struggling with life's complexities. In Moral Disorder , she again draws on common experiences - the birth of a baby, divorce and remarriage, old age and death - to dramatic, often humorous, and telling effect.

At twelve, the narrator of The Art of Cooking and Serving does her best to accommodate the arrival of a baby sister. As the years pass, however, the satisfaction of helping her distracted mother gives way to a longing for the 'seductive and tawdry and frightening pleasures' of being a teenager, and in a moment both painful and exhilarating, she boldly declares her independence. The Entities traces the intertwined stories of two women haunted by the past. The women's unlikely friendship becomes a catalyst for each, forcing them to acknowledge the demons behind their cheerful, even-tempered facades. In The Bad News , an aging, long-married woman busies herself with routines and familiar conversations, but as small things go wrong, larger questions about the future become harder to keep at bay.

Atwood once again creates characters and situations that perfectly reflect the difficulties of reconciling social obligations and the secret longings of the heart.
Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9780747581628
Branch Call Number: AF ATWO


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Jul 13, 2015

Atwood's stories always get me thinking and for those looking for more to read by her, try "happy endings"

multcolib_susannel Jul 28, 2014

Margaret Atwood never fails to impress me. This book can be read all together as a novel, or separately as short stories. Always, always Atwood's amazing writing shows through.

Jul 22, 2012

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Aug 16, 2011

She is a master of writing about trivial things in a manner that it is impossible to leave the reading without finishing it at once.

madame_librarian Jan 20, 2011

Margaret Atwood has a clever way of moving through the decades in this collection of related stories. The recurring main character, Nell, is a little girl anxious about the impending birth of a sibling in the 30s, a teenager just realizing that she's miles ahead of her boyfriend in intelligence and maturity in the 50s, a slightly rootless young woman in the 90s. As usual, Atwood packs a lot of social commentary in these gems and delivers it with a sharp wit and refreshing insights.
-Madame Librarian

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