Diving into Atwood: A Beginner Reading List

File:The Year of the Flood-cover-1stEd-HC.jpegA friend recently asked me how to get started reading Margaret Atwood. My head was immediately swimming with a million directives. However, to avoid overwhelming a prospective reader, I’ve come up with a selection of Atwood works for those wishing to dip their toes in the wonder of her writing.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale–By far her most famous novel, it still feel incredibly relevant today. It’s a good indicator of some of her themes and techniques.
  2. The Blind Assassin–Find out why here.
  3. Alias Grace–Based on an actual events, Atwood skillful takes us inside the mind of a convicted killer, looking at themes that apply to a number of women.
  4. Oryx and Crake/ The Year of the Flood–These are technically the first two books of a trilogy, but they can be read solo or out of order. But hurry up if you want to be done in time for the final book, MaddAddam, to be released next September
  5. Good Bones and Simple Murders–This collection of short works combines two of her previous publications into a strong, wildly varied collection. “Gertrude Talks Back” is a particular favorite.
  6. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing–Atwood’s book on the art of writing is useful while still reflecting her unique style.
  7. The Positron Series–Atwood openly embraces technology, as evidenced by this fun ebook series.

Happy reading!


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2 thoughts on “Diving into Atwood: A Beginner Reading List

  1. I’d also recommend her novella The Penelopiad for an intro to her style. It’s a witty retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective and because it’s short, it can be less intimidating than some of her other tomes. It’s been made into a play, too!

    • That is an excellent suggestion! I love it when she plays with typical female roles and reverses them. Thanks for the great addition!

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