Life Before Man
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale
A particularly complicated love triangle sets this poetic Margaret Atwood novel
in motion. Elizabeth and Nate, though habitually unfaithful to each other, have remained married for more than a decade. But after Elizabeth’s latest lover commits suicide, she emerges from her grief to find that her gentle, indecisive husband is on the verge of leaving her. He has become enamored of Lesje, a young paleontologist and perennial innocent who seems to prefers dinosaur fossils to humans. Elizabeth sets her sights on Lesje’s live-in boyfriend, William, and the ensuing emotional maelstrom threatens to upend all of their lives. Blending painful honesty with cutting satire, Margaret Atwood give us characters whose haunting dilemmas linger long after the final page.
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to
The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include
Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize;
Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy;
The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize;
Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize;
The Year of the Flood,
Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.