Cat’s Eye

Publisher: Seal Books
Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.

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Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. If you can bend space you can bend time also, and if you knew enough and could move faster than light you could travel backwards in time and exist in two places at once.
 
It was my brother Stephen who told me that, when he wore his...
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READING GUIDE

1. What does Margaret Atwood's novel Cat's Eye say about the nature of childhood and the development of adolescent friendship? Is there a gender-influenced difference in cruelty between boys as opposed to that expressed between girls? At what point does adolescent meanness become pathological?

2. In the...

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PRAISE FOR

"A literary event!"
The Toronto Star

"A brilliant, three-dimensional mosaic…the story of Elaine's childhood is so real and heartbreaking you want to stand up in your seat and cheer."
The Boston Sunday Globe

"Nightmarish, evocative, heartbreaking."
The New York Times Book Review

"The best book in a long time on female friendships…Cat's Eye is remarkable, funny, and serious, brimming with uncanny wisdom."
Cosmopolitan

"No reader will fail to be moved, even to tears, by this novel. It is poignant and lingering."
— Aritha van Herk, Calgary Herald

"Lyrical, startling in its mastery of language, compelling in its handling of memory and forgetting, in its understanding of the ravages of the unransomed past."
— London Free Press

"Irresistible. . . . This book is about life for all of us."
— The Times (U.K.)