Set in the visionary future of Atwood’s acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move, but they can’t stay locked away.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her recent publications include Moral Disorder, a collection of interconnected short stories and The Door, a collection of poetry (both 2007). Most recently, Ms. Atwood delivered the CBC Massey Lecture Series, published by House of Anansi Press as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008). Her novel, Oryx and Crake, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize. She is the author of the 2000 Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. Her other books include The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Penelopiad, and The Tent. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in Spain. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.