The Heart Goes Last (Hardcover)

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Behind the black glass wall of Consilience, residents spend one month in prison and one month in a comfortable home. To escape violence and poverty, many people have chosen this life. The creators of Consilience have total social and economic control--the residents cannot make contact with the outside world. Stan and Charmaine take the opportunity after they find themselves living in their car, constantly checking over their shoulders for danger. Charmaine is ecstatic, but Stan remains skeptical of the program. During the months when the couple lives in separate prisons, another couple inhabits their house. Stan discovers a passion between the other couple that has been missing from his relationship with Charmaine. Atwood uses the threads of their relationship, the tension of the eerie sterile town, and the sudden desire for a rarely found spark to unravel everything that should feel safe. ~ Jordan *Signed copies*

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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.

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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385540353
ISBN-10: 0385540353
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English