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Cat's Eye
Cat's Eye
"Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. "  —The Publisher.

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Excerpts from Cat's Eye
Excerpt: "Time is not a line but a dimension..." -

Plot Synopses
Plot Summary - Fiona Capp, The Age Education

Book Reviews
The New York Times, 1989
Time Magazine, 1989

Essays on Cat's Eye
Science for Feminists: Margaret Atwood's Body of Knowledge - June Deery
Constructing the Self Through Memory: Cat's Eye as a Novel of Female Development - Carol Osborne
Surviving Women: A Study of Margaret Atwood's Protagonists - Master's Thesis, Kelly S. Reese

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Reader's Companion to Cat's Eye - Books@Random
Interview with M.A. about Cat's Eye - Books@Random
General Notes on Cat's Eye -

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