Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (First published in 1972)

Before there was The Handmaid’s Tale there was Surfacing, the original novel of a woman re-wilding herself. I first read this book when I was 16 and it absolutely stunned me. I have been working with its imagery since then. It was so powerful and mysterious. Radical. It shook me to the core. A woman who tried to squeeze herself into acceptable roles of womanhood. A woman traumatized by what these attempts have made of her. A woman who has shut down, dissociated, acted as if, tried to fit in, played the appropriate parts but is left empty, feeling-less...

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