Read the First Story from Margaret Atwood’s ‘Stone Mattress,’ Our MashableReads Selection
It is possible that no writer has greater bridged the gap between the pre- and post-Internet worlds quite so skillfully as Margaret Atwood, and this particular skill makes her a natural fit for the MashableReads social book club. But her enchanting Twitter presence is only one of many reasons why Stone Mattress: Nine Tales is our October MashableReads pick.
Atwood is best known for her novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake series, which offer haunting versions of humanity’s future. Atwood is an author who defies classification, her body of work including science (or “speculative”) fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s books.
In Stone Mattress, Atwood offers up chilling (sometimes quite literally) tales of anguish, love, loss and psychosis. At times, her stories are meta-fictions, featuring genre authors as their protagonists. Permeating the collection is Atwood’s patented dry wit and dark humor, as well as the insight that only one of modern literature’s most beloved and insightful figures can bring to the table.
We’ll be discussing our selection all this month on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, and we want you to be part of the conversation. To be entered to win a copy of the book, join our Twitter contest by tweeting a short story inspired by Atwood using the hashtag #MashReads.
Our month-long discussion will culminate with a conversation with the author herself, live on Google+ on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
For a sneak peek at the book and inspiration for your own 140-character story, check out the collection’s first story, “Alphinland,” available exclusively from Mashable for a limited time.
Want more great book recommendations from Mashable? Join MashableReads, Mashable’s social book club. You’ll have the chance to win free copies of new novels, and participate in conversations with various authors.
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