From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale
One of Margaret Atwood's most unforgettable characters lurks at the center of this intricate novel like a spider in a web. The glamorous, irresistible, unscrupulous Zenia is nothing less than a fairy-tale villain in the memories of her former friends. Roz, Charis, and Tony—university classmates decades ago—were reunited at Zenia's funeral and have met monthly for lunch ever since, obsessively retracing the destructive swath she once cut through their lives. A brilliantly inventive fabulist, Zenia had a talent for exploiting her friends' weaknesses, wielding intimacy as a weapon and cheating them of money, time, sympathy, and men. But one day, five years after her funeral, they are shocked to catch sight of Zenia: even her death appears to have been yet another fiction. As the three women plot to confront their larger-than-life nemesis, Atwood proves herself a gleefully acute observer of the treacherous shoals of friendship, trust, desire, and power.
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by Margaret Atwood
by Margaret Brownley
by Margaret James
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
by Margaret A. Neale, Thomas Z. Lys
by Ellen J. Langer
by Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, Margaret Atwood
"Charis, Roz, and Tony are haunted by Zenia, a man-eating master manipulator from their college days. They are almost literally haunted--as they thought Zenia was dead until she reappeared to wreak havoc on their settled middle-aged lives. Bernadette Dunne's throaty purr nicely portrays both Zenia's predatory ways and the trio's grown-up concerns. The story jumps back and forth in time, so listeners get to hear Zenia's past exploits and present-day psychological torture. Dunne is especially adept at showing resignation and world-weariness. But the story is not all dark. Dunne has more than a bit of playfulness in her tones, which suits Atwood's penchant for clever wordplay. The youthful edge in Dunne's voice moves beautifully from college-age concerns to middle-aged trials. G.D. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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