My Evil Mother: A Short Story
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“There’s a perfect balance of silliness and poignancy in My Evil Mother, which is really a story about the fantasies we never give up about our mothers…What loving mother wouldn’t cast a spell of protection around her children if she could?” —Ron Charles, Washington Post
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel, The Testaments, cowinner of the 2019 Booker Prize. Among her other numerous awards: the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto.
Amazon Original Stories April 1 2022
April 1 2022
Saturday morning readThis was a great Saturday morning read. Ms. Atwood is an absolute genius with words and so amazing to read. This story reminds me of her writing prior to the sci-fi things she has written lately, also as good. But this tale allowed for a lot of connection and knowing chuckles as a daughter and mother can have. Thank you, Ms. Atwood for continuing to share your talent.
Short and FunA short little tale about mother/daughter relationships through the generations, all wrapped up in an engrossing witchy tale. A quick, fun read.
Yikes!What was that? Good thing this was a free offering from Amazon, this book was just bizarre. I have no words!
Terrible unless art bad language!What a waste of good literary talent. I thought at first it was a funny read but the language went from bad to worse by the teen to her mom. I will not read this author again. It was disgusting.
LovelyA short witchy story that is lovable and relatable. Being a mother to “talk-back” teenagers, I definitely related to the mother in the story. However; being a witchy mother was even more relatable for me. I felt like I was reading a summary of my life with my oldest daughter. I really enjoyed reading Atwood at her best, as always!
ahhhhh, really?I cannot believe this story got such acclaim. Amazon choice? This was so sophomoric,like a child wrote it. I don’t know what I was expecting but this was a waste of time. I would have been really bummed if I had to pay for this, this wasn’t a short story,it wasn’t,t even a story. After you read the first two pages you know exactly what is going to happen. This was compared to Handmaids Tale, not even close. Don’t bother.
Wonderful Book!Margaret Atwood does it again! Getting the mind and mysteries, like that of a young teenager and young woman who is just dipping her toes into the world of life. Sending us down the paths of, “what if,” with every sentence, that leads you to the most unexpected result in the end. I highly recommend this intriguing book as another one of Margaret’s intriguing short stories and writings!
Must Read Short Story by Margaret AtwoodMY EVIL MOTHER is the first short story I’ve read by Margaret Atwood. The story opens in the 1950’s when the main character is fifteen, in the “talk-back age”, and incredibly frustrated by her mother who may or may not be a witch. Sadly, she grows up without knowing anything about the father who left when she was a young child, but finally meets him after he contacts her when she is no longer living at home with her mother. We see her happily married and maintaining an on and off relationship with her quirky mother. At the end of the story, she is a mother with a fifteen years-old daughter in the “talk-back age” and says some of the same things to her child that her mother said to her at that age. Read this thought provoking short story and decide for yourself if her mother was a witch, a mother doing her best to protect and raise her child, or maybe both.
great readIt reminded me of my mother whom at 15yrs l thought was a witch as always was one foot in front of shenanigans. Later found out she had her reading my diary.
Wrong titleI love a short story. It’s such a lovely brain refresh after reading mammoth books (pachinko I loved you but …) and I must admit although a charming story I do have issues with this little one.Firstly let’s start with a plus, the writing style is great. It’s fluid , easy to read and you can read completely relaxed .But my big issue, the title. From the title I expected something dark, tense and gripping but I found myself just reading a charming book which isn’t what I hoped for.My expectations from the title were set completely wrong and had me set up for some thing completely different.I wish this had been titled different, even just a title like ‘the mother’ would have been so much more improved.I would happily recomend but it comes with a warning not to expect a tense exciting rollercoaster but instead a mild cup of tea ☕️Firstly let’s start with a plus, the writing style is great. It’s fluid , easy to read and you can read completely relaxed .But my big issue, the title. From the title I expected something dark, tense and gripping but I found myself just reading a charming book which isn’t what I hoped for.My expectations from the title were set completely wrong and had me set up for some thing completely different.I wish this had been titled different, even just a title like ‘the mother’ would have been so much more improved.I would happily recomend but it comes with a warning not to expect a tense exciting rollercoaster but instead a mild cup of tea ☕️