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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 0739328506
ISBN-13: 9780739328507
Sku: 210598211
Publish Date: 9/22/2009
Pages:  595
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When a natural disaster predicted by God's Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived.The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners?a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life?has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.

Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .

Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away . . .

By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Pursuing the portrait of an apocalyptic near-future that she initiated in ORYX AND CRAKE--a future ravaged by alarmingly familiar excessive ways--Margaret Atwood tells a story as complex and prescient as she did with her masterwork THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Faced with extensive environmental destruction, the disturbing byproducts of rampant bioengineering, and plagues that constantly threaten--some people have left the fold of traditional society (or what's left of it) and have chosen to live in the "pleeblands" (this world's ghetto). And some have turned to religion for solace and guidance. Adam One is the influential leader of a fundamentalist Christian sect with a strong environmental message, and Atwood's story focuses in on two members of the God's Gardeners, Toby and Ren. Readers familiar with ORYX AND CRAKE will find Atwood more optimistic here and will certainly be enthralled by how she has fleshed out her world. New readers need not shy away--this book stands on its own. As the best speculative fiction does, YEAR OF THE FLOOD presents a time and place excitingly new and different from our own, while addressing in very real ways the challenges confronting the here and now. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
Author Bio
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Margaret Atwood grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. The daughter of a forest entomologist, Atwood spent a large part of her childhood in the Canadian wilderness. At the age of six she began to write "poems, morality plays, comic books, and an unfinished novel about an ant." At 16 she found that writing was "...suddenly the only thing I wanted to do." Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees. She is the author of more than 25 volumes of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including two children's books, and three volumes of short stories. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than 20 countries. She has traveled extensively and has lived in Boston, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Provence, Berlin, Edinburgh and Toronto. Her novel THE BLIND ASSASSIN won the Booker Prize in 2000.

Praise

"This is a gutsy and expansive novel, rich with ideas and conceits...." (starred review) - Marcel Theroux 07/20/2009

"Atwood's villains are despicable, while her heroes are thorny, resilient, and contemplative, and their adventures are hair-raising....Atwood's mischievous, suspenseful, and sagacious dystopian novel follows the trajectory of current environmental debacles to a shattering possible conclusion with passionate concern and arch humor." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 07/01/2009

"Atwood knows how to show us ourselves, but the mirror she holds up to life does more than reflect--it's like one of those mirrors made with mercury that gives us both a deepening and a distorting effect, allowing both the depths of human nature and its potential mutations." - Jeanette Winterson 09/20/2009

"[Atwood] enchants us so convincingly that after her spell is over, the "real" world seems temporarily transformed. THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD is both a warning and a gift." - Jane Ciabattari 09/10/2009

"FLOOD's relentlessly fabulous inventions and despondent predictions become almost unbearable, espeically told in such gorgeously trenchant prose." 09/17/2009

"Canada's greatest living novelist undoubtedly knows how to tell a gripping story, as fans of THE BLIND ASSASSIN and THE HANDMAID'S TALE already know. But here there's a serious message, too: Look at what we're doing right now to our world, to nature, to ourselves. If this goes on..." - Michael Dirda 09/24/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Large Print Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0595
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Large Print Publishing
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