The Heart Goes Last (Paperback)

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What is security worth to you? Stan and Charmaine run from their reality - no jobs, living in their car - to the town of Consilience and the Positron Project.  Here you get a guaranteed job and a place to live for a price. A surreal look at a bleak possible future that asks whether a   "perfect" lifestyle is possible and whether  it's worth the freedoms you gave up for it? It's at times camp but always on point. I love everything she writes. --Angela

— From Staff Picks - Angela


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a nationwide economic collapse. Forced to live in their third-hand Honda, where they are vulnerable to roving gangs, they think the gated community of Consilience may be the answer to their prayers. If they sign a life contract, they'll get a job and a lovely house . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents must leave their homes and serve as inmates in the Positron prison system. At first, this seems worth it: they will have a roof over their heads and food on the table. But when a series of troubling events unfolds, Positron begins to look less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. The Heart Goes Last is a vivid, urgent vision of development and decay, freedom and surveillance, struggle and hope--and the timeless workings of the human heart.

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Boston Globe

About the Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101912362
ISBN-10: 1101912367
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English