Joan Foster is a woman with numerous identities and a talent for shedding them at will. She has written trashy gothic romances, had affairs with a Polish count and an absurd avant-garde artist, and played at being a politically engaged partner to her activist husband. After a volume of her poetry becomes an unexpected literary sensation, her new fame attracts a blackmailer threatening to reveal her secrets. Joan’s response is to fake her own death and flee to a hill town in Italy. But what at first seems to be just another attempt to escape herself becomes instead an occasion for confronting the self-deception that has driven her since childhood.
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Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Fiction
Atwood , M. (1976). Lady Oracle. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.