The Robber Bride

Publisher: Emblem Editions
Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one.

But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy  commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book  Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

READING GUIDE

1. In The Robber Bride, Tony says that people like Zenia don't get into your life unless you invite them in. What devices does Zenia use to first gain entry into the lives of Tony, Charis, and Roz? How does she alter her techniques to attract and control men?

2. On the surface, Tony, Charis, and Roz do not...

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“Atwood has never written better than in this novel of glittering breadth and dark, eerie depths.” The Sunday Times 

“A remarkable achievement, constantly entertaining and intriguing.” The Ottawa Citizen

“Funny, thoughtful, moving…. Atwood’s plotting is masterful, and her humor is razor-edged, sexy, and raucous.” The Washington Post

“Nobody maps female psychic territory the way Margaret Atwood does.…What a treasure she is.” Newsweek

“A hugely enjoyable novel.” Globe and Mail

“Brilliant and entertaining.” Boston Sunday Globe


“Brilliant and entertaining.” Ottawa Sun