Alias Grace * Peaches and stones (Episode 1)

When you write, I feel as if you are drawing on me, drawing on my skin with the feather end of an old-fashioned goose pen. As if hundreds of butterflies have settled all over my face, and are softly opening and closing their wings. But underneath that is another feeling, a feeling of being wide-eyedContinue reading “Alias Grace * Peaches and stones (Episode 1)”

Memory, Diaspora, Hysteria: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

by Marlene Goldman In her introduction to this collection, Julia Creet asserts that “migration is a condition of memory,” and cites Pierre Nora’s lament that “we create sites of memory because we not longer have ‘real environments of memory’: stable geographic, generation environments in which memory resides .  . .” Margaret Atwood’s historical novel Alias Grace is  basedContinue reading “Memory, Diaspora, Hysteria: Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace”

Remembering a murder – Excerpt from Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

I said that I remembered some of the things I did. But there are other things they said I did, which I said I could not remember at all. Did he say, I saw you outside at night, in your nightgown, in the moonlight? Did he say, Who were you looking for? Was it aContinue reading “Remembering a murder – Excerpt from Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood”

Alias Grace * Margaret Atwood

In 1843, a 16-year-old Canadian housemaid named Grace Marks was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks—was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocentContinue reading “Alias Grace * Margaret Atwood”

Quote about widows – Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Then I thought about widows — about widow’s humps, and widow’s walks, and the widow’s mite in the Bible, which we servants were always being urged to give to the poor out of our wages; and also I thought about how the men would wink and nod when a young and rich widow was mentioned,Continue reading “Quote about widows – Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood”

Quote about beds * Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace

The winter quilts were of deeper colours than the summer ones, with reds and oranges and blues and purples; and some of them had silks and velvets and brocade pieces in them. Over the years in prison, when I have been by myself, as I am a good deal of the time, I have closedContinue reading “Quote about beds * Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace”