Short Fiction Review: Margaret Atwood’s The Stone Mattress

The Stone Mattress: Nine Tales is available now

***3/5 stars

Leading lady Margaret Atwood returns to short fiction in nine cautionary tales.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Margaret Atwood,
  • If you enjoy short stories,
  • If your sense of humor tends more to the dark side,
  • and if you need to be made more aware of your own human failings and mortality, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall


You can say any manner of those things they say about writers like Margaret Atwood: she’s the mistress of dark storytelling, she has a way with painting a picture, she pens characters you can’t forget.  Stereotypical things that all happen to be quite true. I’m a longtime lover of Margaret Atwood and her dark humor, and The Stone Mattress does not disappoint, though it tends more to the dark than the humorous.   Read it today and consider of the dangers of aging gracelessly. Stark, enlightening, and mildly disturbing, these nine tales are what you might have come to expect from the woman who brought you Penelope’s version of the Odyessey and gems such as The Robber Bride.

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