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The Heart Goes Last (2015, original release: 2015)


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Published: New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, [2015]
Edition:  First American edition
Description:  xii, 308 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780385540353 (hardback), 0385540353 (hardback),
Language:  English

"Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in. for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled"--

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Margaret Atwood does it again in this interesting sociological experiment of a book. Set in the near future, we first meet Stan and Charmaine down on their luck. Stan has lost his job and the couple had to sell their house. While living in their car, Charmaine is attempting to keep things together by working odd hours at a seedy bar where she first sees a commercial that promises an experience that will lower the unemployment rate and promises a comfortable life – to come and live at Consilience. If selected, the applicants are guaranteed a steady job, a home, transportation, and the life they’ve been missing out on.

There’s a catch. There’s always a catch. In order to sustain the society at Consilience, every other month will be spent in a prison while your “Alternates” live in your home. Everything seems to be going according to plan. Charmaine and Stan both have jobs that fit their skill set, both earn money, both have adequate transportation, both contribute to the prison life, and both are happy – for the most part. When both Charmaine and Stan become independently obsessed with their Alternates, things start to spiral.

With an Atwood book you really can’t go wrong.
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