Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Babes in History and Fiction: Part 4

I love reading about the lives women led in the past. Partly because it makes me glad I live now and partly to be proud of what my lady ancestors have accomplished. And, let's face it, fiction is way cooler than non-fiction for learning about the past. This series is to clue you in one some of my recent(ish) favorites.

Part 4: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
Accused of being an accomplice to murder, Grace has been locked away in a crazy house for women. It's the mid 1800s and women aren't subject to the death sentence, only the living death of perpetual mistreatment in the asylum.

We never know if Grace is guilty or innocent. She could have helped the hired man kill their employers or she could have been forced to. But now she is forced to pleasure guards and act as an indentured servant to the jailer's family.

Skipping between Grace's past, the murky events surrounding the murder, and her present in which everyone is obsessed with Spiritualism, Alias Grace shows just how much crazier the world was when it was directed by spooky and morally pretentious feelings. A murder mystery mixed with some titillating revisionary history, it will leave you without answers, but you really won't care.

Read Part 1

Read Part 2
Read Part 3

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