- 480 pages (February 1998)
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.
February 5, 1989
What Little Girls Are Made Of
By ALICE McDERMOTT
"Time is not a line but a dimension,'' the narrator, Elaine
Risley, tells us at the beginning of this, Margaret Atwood's seventh
and most affecting novel. ''You don't look back along time but down
through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes
that, sometimes nothing. Nothing goes away.''
Elaine is a Canadian painter of some renown who, at 50, has returned
to her childhood city of Toronto for a retrospective of her work.
The dull, provincial city of her youth has become world class in
the intervening years, ''New York without the garbage and muggings,''
but in the week she is there her interest in the city's new galleries
and restaurants and shops and, in many ways, in the retrospective
itself, is only glancing. Her focus, and the novel's, is all on
the past, on those images that surface unexpectedly, relentlessly,
amid the glitz of the transformed city, images of the dead, of a
lost time, and of Cordelia, her childhood friend and tormentor,
her double. [read
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