The Heart Goes Last

You only pause in your laughter when you realise that, in its constituent parts, the world she depicts here is all too horribly plausible' Stephanie Merritt, Observer 'Her eye for the most unpredictable caprices of the human heart and her ...

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349007306

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience - a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own - they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But slowly, unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last is a vivid, urgent vision of development and decay, freedom and surveillance, struggle and hope--and the timeless workings of the human heart. One of the Best Books of the Year: The Boston Globe

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9781101912362

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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"Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--

The Heart Goes Last

This novel started as a response to an online competition Margaret Atwood posted on Wattpad before the publication of her book where she invited writers to elaborate on her secondary characters like Veronica and Con, Stan's brother who ...

Author: Eleni Vryza

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781653811366

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Page: 74

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This novel started as a response to an online competition Margaret Atwood posted on Wattpad before the publication of her book where she invited writers to elaborate on her secondary characters like Veronica and Con, Stan's brother who never liked his brother's girlfriend, Charmaine. The main plot elements of Stan and Charmaine losing their jobs after the economic crisis and living in their car which led them to join the Positron Project were given by Atwood. My novel took off with Veronica's life set about twenty years later after the events in Atwood's novel. This is why my book maintains the original plot on some level and transforms Veronica into a primary character. Hence the title of my first published book as tribute to Atwood's online competition before the publication of her book.

The Heart Goes Last a Guide for Book Clubs

For those in book clubs, this useful companion guide takes the hard work out of preparing for meetings and guarantees productive discussion. For solo readers, it encourages a deeper examination of a multi-layered text.

Author: Kathryn Cope

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781523688869

Category:

Page: 76

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Whether you are a member of a reading group, or simply reading 'The Heart Goes Last' for pleasure, this clear and concise guide, written by a specialist in literature, will greatly enhance your reading experience. A comprehensive guide to Margaret Atwood's 'The Heart Goes Last', this discussion aid includes a wealth of information and resources: useful literary context; an author biography; a plot synopsis; analyses of themes & imagery; character analysis; twenty-eight thought-provoking discussion questions; recommended further reading and even a quick quiz. For those in book clubs, this useful companion guide takes the hard work out of preparing for meetings and guarantees productive discussion. For solo readers, it encourages a deeper examination of a multi-layered text.

The Heart Goes Last

Continue reading about Veronica's adventures in the teaching world in the United States, including her jobs at charter schools, community colleges and private universities among others.

Author: Eleni Vryza

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 74

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Continue reading about Veronica's adventures in the teaching world in the United States, including her jobs at charter schools, community colleges and private universities among others. Continue reading about Lucinda, the exiled journalist from China.A plethora of colorful characters from Vero's students and coworkers to sociopathic business managers and administrators.

Dystopian Elements in Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale and The Heart Goes Last

The purpose of the thesis is to examine how two different literary worlds Atwood created coincide and to pinpoint the main themes and ideas that reoccur in both of the novels.

Author: Špela Gizela Brkić

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ISBN:

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Page: 120

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This thesis focuses on two novels written by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale and The Heart Goes Last, considering them in relation to one another as well as the genre of dystopian fiction. Placing both novels within the contexts of recent history, Atwood's views on writing dystopia and her own personal interests provides a holistic view of the issues that were the reason behind the speculation. The purpose of the thesis is to examine how two different literary worlds Atwood created coincide and to pinpoint the main themes and ideas that reoccur in both of the novels.

The Door

A volume of fifty works by the author of the Handmaid's Tale and Morning in the Burned House applies urgent, meditative, and prophetic tones to pieces that evaluate topics ranging from the personal to the political. Reprint.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547237701

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

View: 955

A volume of fifty works by the author of the Handmaid's Tale and Morning in the Burned House applies urgent, meditative, and prophetic tones to pieces that evaluate topics ranging from the personal to the political. Reprint.

The Heart Goes Last

Veronica is in her forties now.

Author: Eleni Vryza

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781549511271

Category:

Page: 87

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Veronica is in her forties now. She still addresses health concerns at her various jobs in schools. The days of hitchhiking and casual sex are behind her. She moved to a different state in the north. Her dreams of becoming a medical doctor did not go through in the sense that she does not hold an M.D. Nonetheless, she is active in urban education for the last fifteen years. She has had numerous opportunities to discuss STDs in her English and Life Span Development classes at various community colleges.

The Door

The acclaimed poet and Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale contemplates age, duty, and our shared world in this collection of 50 new poems.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547524854

Category: Poetry

Page: 134

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The Door, Margaret Atwood's first book of poetry since Morning in the Burned House, is a magnificent achievement. Here in paperback for the first time, these fifty lucid, urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to mediative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political, viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. Brave and compassionate, The Door interrogates the certainties that we build our lives on, and reminds us once again of Margaret Atwood's unique accomplishments as one of the finest and most celebrated writers of our time.

The Blind Assassin

Iris describes the 1945 death of her sister, who drives her car off a bridge, followed, two years later, by the death of her husband, in a story that features a novel-within-a-novel about two unnamed lovers who meet in a dark backstreet ...

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385720953

Category: Fiction

Page: 521

View: 762

Iris describes the 1945 death of her sister, who drives her car off a bridge, followed, two years later, by the death of her husband, in a story that features a novel-within-a-novel about two unnamed lovers who meet in a dark backstreet room.

The Testaments

A New York Times bestselling modern masterpiece that "reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil” (People)—and can be read on its own or as a sequel to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Atwood’s powers ...

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385543794

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 207

A New York Times bestselling modern masterpiece that "reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil” (People)—and can be read on its own or as a sequel to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Atwood’s powers are on full display” (Los Angeles Times) in this deeply compelling Booker Prize-winning novel, now updated with additional content that explores the historical sources, ideas, and material that inspired Atwood. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways. With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

The Heart Goes On

It gave me all of the feels… I truly felt that the storytelling was brilliant. This is the kind of book that stays with you.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars “Epic historical saga with two romances!

Author: Kate Hewitt

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1800191073

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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He drew in a deep breath. “I know it’s too much to ask, but I ask it anyway… Will you wait for me, Harriet?” 1819, Isle of Mull, Scotland: As Harriet Campbell looks out at the stormy Atlantic Ocean on the eve of Allan MacDougall’s departure to the New World, she expects a tearful goodbye. But instead her childhood sweetheart begs her to wait for him, promising one day he will come back for her. As months and eventually years pass—waiting for just one love letter to arrive —Harriet begins to regret the promise she made. Not realising his letters have gone astray, Allan is devastated to not hear back from Harriet; his heart quietly breaking as he battles for his independence and ultimately his life, in the wild and brutal new settlements. Then, Harriet’s fragile family fortunes take a turn for the worse, and when an immoral neighbour makes her an offer she isn’t sure she can refuse, she’s left with an impossible choice—stay faithful to the man she loves… or save her family and their farm from destitution? Can fate bring Harriet and Allan back together again? Or will time and the ocean that has separated them, keep them apart forever? An absolutely heart-wrenching, powerful, epic story about love, courage and betrayal for fans of Diana Gabaldon and Poldark. Previously published as Far Horizons. Readers are loving The Heart Goes On: “So thrilling and gripping. It completely tugs at your heart strings!... It gave me all of the feels… I truly felt that the storytelling was brilliant. This is the kind of book that stays with you.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars “Epic historical saga with two romances!... Grab a cuppa before you sit down to immerse yourself in this fantastic book, as you won't be able to put it down until you're done… The writing is breathtaking, catapulting the reader back in time so viscerally that one can truly feel every struggle these daring families endured. I highly recommend this book, and this series, for anyone who loves true history with heart-warming romance.” Be My Book Boyfriend, 5 stars “A great historical romance, I loved the way with the perspectives you almost get two stories in one. I loved the drama, the emotion and tension. I loved the themes of hope, patience and perseverance throughout which we all need during these turbulent times and it takes the past sometimes to remind us of this. A fantastic read, my first by the author but definitely won’t be the last.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars “This historical romance was packed with raw emotion that grabbed my attention and held it until the last page. The characters are extremely well-developed and I enjoyed the way Kate gives us two stories in one novel… I am so excited for the next instalments in this series!” Steph and Chris’s Book Reviews, 5 stars “I really loved this book. … A love story that stands the test of time… An entertaining historical read that all can enjoy.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars “If this is book one of a series, I can’t wait for the next one… Riveting and enjoyable.” Goodreads Reviewer “Themes of faith, hope, and perseverance are woven throughout this work of historical fiction. Filled with authentic historical details and continuous plot twists, this book would make an excellent addition to any historical fiction collection.” NetGalley Reviewer “[An] engrossing read, very hard to put down… I look forward to continuing the saga.” Goodreads Reviewer “Loved this book… The characters were great.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

The Handmaid s Tale

But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire. Includes exclusive content: In The 'Backstory' you can read Margaret Atwood's account of how she came to write this landmark dystopian novel 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473546966

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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'It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge' Offred is a Handmaid. She has only one function: to breed. If she refuses to play her part she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. She may walk daily to the market and utter demure words to other Handmaid's, but her role is fixed, her freedom a forgotten concept. Offred remembers her old life - love, family, a job, access to the news. It has all been taken away. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire. Includes exclusive content: In The 'Backstory' you can read Margaret Atwood's account of how she came to write this landmark dystopian novel 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

Bluebeard s Egg

With the publication of the best-selling The Handmaid's Tale in 1986, Margaret Atwood's place in North American letters was reconfirmed.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544146735

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

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With the publication of the best-selling The Handmaid's Tale in 1986, Margaret Atwood's place in North American letters was reconfirmed. Poet, short story writer, and novelist, she was acclaimed "one of the most intelligent and talented writers to set herself the task of deciphering life in the late twentieth century."* With Bluebeard's Egg, her second short story collection, Atwood covers a dramatic range of storytelling, her scope encompassing the many moods of her characters, from the desolate to the hilarious. The stories are set in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1980s and concern themselves with relationships of various sorts. There is the bond between a political activist and his kidnapped cat, a woman and her dead psychiatrist, a potter and the group of poets who live with her and mythologize her, an artist and the strange men she picks up to use as models. There is a man who finds himself surrounded by women who are literally shrinking, and a woman whose life is dominated by a fear of nuclear warfare; there are telling relationships among parents and children. By turns humorous and warm, stark and frightening, Bluebeard's Egg explores and illuminates both the outer world in which we all live and the inner world that each of us creates. *Le Anne Schreiber, Vogue

The Blind Assassin

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding ...

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307428176

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.

Alias Grace

In Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century—recently adapted into a 6-part Netflix original mini-series by director Mary Harron and ...

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307797953

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 496

In Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century—recently adapted into a 6-part Netflix original mini-series by director Mary Harron and writer/actress Sarah Polley. It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and 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. 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? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

Bodily Harm

This is a thoroughly gripping novel of intrigue and betrayal, which explores human defensiveness, the lust for power both sexual and political, and the need for a compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

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Rennie Wilford is a freelance journalist who takes an assignment in the Caribbean in the hopes of recuperating from her recently shattered life. On the tiny island of St. Antoine, she tumbles into a corrupt world where no one is what they seem, where her rules for survival no longer apply. This is a thoroughly gripping novel of intrigue and betrayal, which explores human defensiveness, the lust for power both sexual and political, and the need for a compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love. The enigma unfolds as it would for any innocent bystander swept up by events, bringing along the scruples, and the fears, of the past.

The Margaret Atwood 4 Book Bundle

Four of Margaret Atwood's best novels, in one volume! In The Handmaid's Tale, a multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 0771006799

Category: Fiction

Page: 1882

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Four of Margaret Atwood's best novels, in one volume! In The Handmaid's Tale, a multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. The Blind Assassin: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” These words are spoken by Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. Iris recalls her far from exemplary life, and the events leading up to her sister’s death, gradually revealing the carefully guarded Chase family secrets. Among these is “The Blind Assassin,” a novel that earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, it was a pulp fantasy improvised by two unnamed lovers who meet secretly in rented rooms and seedy cafés. As this novel-within-a-novel twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real narrative, as both move closer to war and catastrophe. Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning sensation combines elements of gothic drama, romantic suspense, and science fiction fantasy in a spellbinding tale. In Alias Grace, Atwood takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. 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? And finally, The Robber Bride, inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

Morning in the Burned House

The renowned poet and author of The Handmaid’s Tale “brings a swift, powerful energy” to this “intimate and immediate” poetry collection (Publishers Weekly).

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547525753

Category: Poetry

Page: 146

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These beautifully crafted poems - by turns dark, playful, intensely moving, tender, and intimate - make up Margaret Atwood's most accomplished and versatile gathering to date, " setting foot on the middle ground / between body and word." Some draw on history, some on myth, both classical and popular. Others, more personal, concern themselves with love, with the fragility of the natural world, and with death, especially in the elegiac series of meditations on the death of a parent. But they also inhabit a contemporary landscape haunted by images of the past. Generous, searing, compassionate, and disturbing, this poetry rises out of human experience to seek a level between luminous memory and the realities of the everyday, between the capacity to inflict and the strength to forgive.

The Penelopiad

Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571319009

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel. The Penelopiad premiered with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Canada's National Arts Centre at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in July 2007.