The Tent

A new collection of dazzling short fiction. One of the world's most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has penned a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark , punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian essays speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision. From the Hardcover edition.

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By Andrew (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★★ · June 28, 2007
This book is blindingly good. I am actually blind now. I cannot see the words I am typing. I don't care, I will keep typing to extol the virtues of Margaret Atwood's prose. Let me count the ways.'s hard to describe. She just tells, in this book, these minute, compact stories that shatter... ...more
By Madeline (Decatur, GA) · ★★★★★ · December 28, 2008
The blurb by The Seattle Times on the back of this book said it best: "When Margaret Atwood is good, she's very good. And when she's barbed, she's better."

A collection of impossibly short stories (a few of them are less than a page long) written as only Margaret Atwood can write them, and accompa... ...more
By Ryan (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 26, 2008
For the record, this is the first time I've actually finished a Margaret Atwood book. I've tried 3 times, 3 separate books, over the last 15 years to read her. I always find her books incredibly intriguing, but then I always for some reason lose interest (The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin) or... ...more
By Cheyenne (Maroochydore, Qld, Australia) · ★★★★★ · December 15, 2013
To Margaret Atwood: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I've long been a fan of Margaret Atwood, ever since I read The Handmaid's Tale, one of the most frightening books I've ever read. Then she did a reading of 'Oryx and Crake' at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver which I attended. I... ...more
By Laura (Edinburgh, EH, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · July 22, 2009
Mmm, delicious. I love Margaret Atwood's work, and this short book of 'fictional essays' was no exception. If I could have gobbled this book down whole so that the words seeped into my body I would have. What a wonderful book - a light, quick read with depth, wit and intelligence. Illustrations b... ...more
By Amanda (Greensboro, NC) · ★★★★★ · October 13, 2010
I want this book! Somebody buy it for me and I will repay you buy saying "thank you" one time.

I'm just kidding. Don't buy it for me. Don't! I'll buy it myself.
Anyway, I read about a quarter of it while sitting in Borders in NYC one morning. My god, it is everything I love about Margaret Atwood!... ...more
By Elin (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 17, 2009
Snippets of unfinished stories --> some only a paragraph long. It was as if Margaret Atwood had died and somebody dug out her journals to publish whatever was left. very strange. ...more
By Alex (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 06, 2015
I'm a fan of Margaret Atwood. I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. While the cover claims it's a collection of essays, this book is more like a collection of impressions that aren't formulated into what we may traditionally know of as a narrative (although there are narrative voices)... whi... ...more
By Mommalibrarian (Saint Ann, MO) · ★★★★☆ · August 03, 2009
I shelved this as poetry - it is precious, poetical prose. Very short pieces with illustrations by the author. They are full of the elegant language that endears Atwood's works to me. They are indulgences that only a very successful writer could ever manage to assemble into a book. Some were publ... ...more
By Cat (Columbia, SC) · ★★★★☆ · February 06, 2012
A quirky, enjoyable book of philosophical meditations and (very) short fictions. Mostly macabre and a little bit melancholy, but also with sly, ferocious humor. I particularly liked the story in which she imagined God as a cat (no one is surprised that I particularly liked that story, but it ende... ...more