The characters in Atwood’s novels are not your typical heroines. They are often up to no good. In The Edible Woman, Lady Oracle and Alias Grace each protagonist leads a double life, one acceptable and expected, the other subversive, underground, unpredictable, often bad – but creative.
My interest in Atwood as a writer is twofold. On the one hand as an artist her work offers a sense of grounding in something identifiable, and on the other, her works are a type of road map for how women belong to creativity. This tension is at the heart of these works.