I'm Starved for You

I'm Starved for You

Margaret Atwood

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 2:00067513

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Book Details:

Title: I'm Starved for You - Margaret Atwood [MOBI]
Author: Margaret Atwood
ASIN: B007HD4YYG
Publisher: Byliner Inc.
Publication Date: 2012-03-07
Number of Pages: 62
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books
Format: MOBI

Synopsis from Amazon:

The gated community of Consilience isn't your average American town, but in a near future imagined by bestselling author Margaret Atwood ("The Handmaid's Tale," "The Year of the Flood") it may be as close as anyone can hope to get.

Husband and wife Stan and Charmaine are among thousands who have signed up for a new social order because the old one is all but broken. Outside the walls of Consilience, half the country is out of work, gangs of the drug-addicted and disaffected menace the streets, warlords disrupt the food supply, and overcrowded correctional facilities churn out offenders to make room for more.

The Consilience prison, Positron, is something else altogether. The very heart of the community and its economic engine, it's a bold experiment in voluntary incarceration. In exchange for a house, food, and what the online brochure hails as "A Meaningful Life," residents agree to spend one month as inmates, the next as civilians, working as guards or whatever's required.

Stan and Charmaine have no complaints-until the day Stan discovers an erotic note under the fridge of the house he and Charmaine must share with another couple while they're back inside Positron. It's a missive of erotic longing, pressed with a vivid lipstick kiss: "I'm starved for you!" it breathes. If Stan rarely thought about the house's other residents before-they've never met them and don't know their names; it's not allowed-now he can't stop thinking about them, especially the note's sex-addled author, a woman apparently named Jasmine, so unlike his girlish wife, Charmaine. He HAS to meet her, but in this highly ordered and increasingly surveilled world, disorderly thoughts are a risk, and breaking the rules has dire consequences.

Margaret Atwood, one of the most prophetic authors of our time, delivers a tale of sexual obsession that is equal parts "Tom Jones" and "Brave New World." A hilarious yet harrowing story that lays bare the very real dangers of trading liberty for safety, "I'm Starved for You" evokes the irrepressibility of human appetite and asks just how far a man and a woman are willing to go to get what they're truly hungry for.

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Margaret Atwood is the author of the internationally bestselling novel "The Handmaid's Tale" as well as forty other books of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Blind Assassin," "Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood," and "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth," which was made into a documentary film that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Atwood was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000 for "The Blind Assassin."

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hardcore games. The disturbances caused by the criminal elements were a threat to the grand Consilience experiment. The original thinking had been that the real criminals would be sprinkled among the non-criminals now making up the bulk of the prisoners, which was supposed to have an ameliorating effect on them. Not only that, but they too would be let out every second month to take their turns as civilian inhabitants of Consilience, doing town-side tasks or acting as guards at Positron. This

willing to carry out the procedure, they’d told her: dedicated people, sincere people. But someone has to do it, for the good of all. The first time she attempted the forehead kiss, there was a lunge of the head, an attempt at snapping. He’d drawn blood. She requested that a neck restraint be added. And it was. She strokes the man’s head, smiles with her deceptive teeth. She hopes she appears to him like an angel: an angel of mercy. Because isn’t she one? Such men will never be happy where they

mind, she’s almost within reach. Meanwhile he can practice by tracking Charmaine around on the scooter. It will be boring, because where can she go? The bakery where she works, the shops, the house, the bakery, the shops. But he’ll be able to tell whether his GPS system is working or not. * * * It’s already the 1st of October. Where has the time gone? Charmaine lies tangled in her shed clothes on the floor of the vacant house—quite a good one this time, slated for reno rather than demolition.

mind, she’s almost within reach. Meanwhile he can practice by tracking Charmaine around on the scooter. It will be boring, because where can she go? The bakery where she works, the shops, the house, the bakery, the shops. But he’ll be able to tell whether his GPS system is working or not. * * * It’s already the 1st of October. Where has the time gone? Charmaine lies tangled in her shed clothes on the floor of the vacant house—quite a good one this time, slated for reno rather than demolition.

a breath, assumes her bustling, efficient pose, consults her little notebook as if there’s something written in it. Then she selects and orders a large box of gauze bandages, putting it on the hospital account. The bandages aren’t needed, but they’re also not remarkable: no one will be keeping track of gauze bandages, one box more or less, especially since keeping track of them happens to be her own job, every other month. She smiles in her perkiest manner at Bill Nairn, who’s putting in his

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