Title Profile & Character Information

The Blind Assassin

Annotation
"The novel opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When we return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2000  Man Booker Prize for Fiction
2001  American Library Association Notable Books
2001  Libris Awards
2000  Hammett Prize

Characters
NameGriffen, Iris Chase
GenderFemale
TraitsCanadian
Widow
Wealthy
Socialite

GenreDomestic
Literary
Psychological
Fiction
TopicsReminiscences
Family histories
Family secrets
Sisters
Sibling rivalry
Suspicious deaths
Marriage of convenience
Obsession
SettingToronto, Ontario