In this astonishing, Giller Prize-winning tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.
In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan--an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness--tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale--or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.