Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
Joan Foster is the bored wife of a myopic ban-the-bomber. She takes off overnight as Canada’s new superpoet, pens lurid gothics on the sly, attracts a blackmailing reporter, skids cheerfully in and out of menacing plots, hair-raising traps, and passionate trysts, and lands dead and well in Terremoto, Italy. In this remarkable, poetic, and magical novel, Margaret Atwood proves yet again why she is considered to be one of the most important and accomplished writers of our time.
How frustrating a blank cell on a spreadsheet can be! I mean, I know I added this because I love Margaret Atwood, but I no longer know the impetus. I found out it was contemporary fiction prepping this post. Oh, well. Any Atwood is a delight, and I always do appreciate surprises.
Old English Rose at Old English Rose Reads enjoyed it, although she was initially wary of its premise. Jules at Jules’ Book Reviews found the parallel plots a little trying, but otherwise liked it. Rachel at Book Snob found it incredibly witty and engaging. Jeff at Jeff’s Book Reviews found it utterly lacking action.
Lady Oracle was published in 1976.