Elaine Risley is a middle-aged Canadian painter who returns to her hometown of Toronto for a retrospective show of her paintings. As she prepares for the opening, the city she left years ago in order to forget painful memories provides triggers for the return those memories. From traveling across Canada with her entomologist father as a child to the abuse she suffered by her friends as an adolescent, and her love affairs with her first art teacher and first husband, she reflects on the relationships that have made her who she is as an adult.
I have only recently become a fan of Margaret Atwood. This is third novel of hers that I have read and I have not been disappointed.