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The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride
"Exploring the paradox of female villainy, this tale of three fascinating women is another peerless display of literary virtuosity. Roz, Charis and Tony all share a wound, and her name is Zenia. Beautiful, smart and hungry, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless, Zenia is the turbulent center of her own neverending saga. She entered their lives in the sixties, when they were in college. Over the three decades since, she has damaged each of them badly, ensnaring their sympathy, betraying their trust, and treating their men as loot. Then Zenia dies, or at any rate the three women — with much relief — attend her funeral. But as The Robber Bride begins, Roz, Charis and Tony have come together at a trendy restaraunt for their monthly lunch when in walks the seemingly resurrected Zenia...."  —The Publisher.

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Excerpts from The Robber Bride
Excerpt: "The story of Zenia ought to begin when Zenia began" -
Extract: "The door opens, and Zenia is standing there." - Virago

Plot Synopses
Plot Summary - Literary Encyclopedia

Book Reviews
The New York Times, 1993
National Review, 1994
New Republic, 1994
Entertainment Weekly, 1993
Dancing Badger

Essays on The Robber Bride
Reconnecting with the Past: Personal Hauntings in Atwood's The Robber Bride - Donna Bontatibus
Split Subjects in Atwood's The Robber Bride and Alias Grace - Katarína Labudová
Heterotopia in Toronto - Richard P. Richter
Images of Food and Eating in Margaret Atwood's Novels - Johanna Lahikainen
The Robber Bride: a Feminist Interpretation of a Fairy Tale - Fiona-Aileen Kraege
Who Killed Zenia? - Dancing Badger

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Reader's Companion to The Robber Bride - Books@Random
Lecture Notes on The Robber Bride - Kate Liu

The Robber Bride - The TV Movie (2007) - IMDB
"The Robber Bridegroom" by the Brothers Grimm - Books@Random

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Margaret Atwood has 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,
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