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From the author of The New York Times best-selling novels The Handmaid’s Tale - now an Emmy Award-winning Hulu original series - and Alias Grace, now a Netflix original series.

Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices. 

Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose. Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole.

©1972 O. W. Toad Ltd. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Engaging, but not her best work.

She spent a lot of time getting into the details of each character, but very little time about her searching for her father and the outcome.

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  • Sherry
  • CLARKSTON, MI, United States
  • 12-08-18

Not sure where this book was going

I won’t say it was a waste of time. Mostly I was sitting in traffic as I listened. No where as superlative as the handmaid‘s tale, and left me wondering what the great mystery was all about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-18

Disappointing

I think this maybe dated now. Interesting environmental and feminist views but not really working as a novel, at least not for me.

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  • Maree grenfell
  • 12-24-18

Enchanting...

Captivating narrative, Margaret Atwood’s use of words always take me to another place! Timeless themes of a rich and bewildered inner world and ultimate reconciliation with this life...