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Alias Grace
Alias Grace
"Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?"  —The Publisher.

Short Fiction
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Excerpts from Alias Grace
Excerpt, Ch. 1: "Out of the gravel there are peonies growing" -
Excerpt: "About this time I began to notice a change in Mary" - Random House
Excerpt: "I am sitting on the purple velvet settee." -

Plot Synopses
Plot Synopsis - O.W. Toad
Plot Summary - Gillian Bouras

Historical Background
Voluntary Confession of Grace Marks, 1843 - Ontario History Quest
Historical Letter on which Alias Grace is based - O.W. Toad
Grace Marks - Answers to Liberation Questionnaire, 1872 - O.W. Toad

Margaret Atwood Regarding Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood's Letter to the Reader
"Blood & Laundry" Interview by Laura Miller, Salon (Jan 1997)
Interview by David Wiley, Minnesota Daily (Mar 1997)
Interview by Deborah Rozen for Random House (1997)

Book Reviews
The New York Times, 1996
Time Magazine, 1996
Entertainment Weekly, 1996
Quill and Quire, 1996
Tucson Weekly, 1997
Dancing Badger

Essays on Alias Grace
Crimson Silks and New Potatoes: The Heteroglossic Power of the Object in Alias Grace - Cristie March
Split Subjects in Atwood's The Robber Bride and Alias Grace - Katarína Labudová
Natural Born Quilter - David Wiley
Subverting from Within: Atwood's Alias Grace - Bernice M. Murphy

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Reader's Guide to Alias Grace - Books@Random

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Margaret Atwood has gone on to become not just
a major Canadian Writer, and a woman writer (whom some would call a Feminist Writer),
but an award-winning author of English literature. Her works include novels,
short stories, poetry, etc.