Moral Disorder, a collection of interconnected stories, is Margaret Atwood at her best. Using the short story form allows her to paint with quick, brilliant brush strokes, to let an incident show you the shape of a life, to move forward and back in time. She does this so skillfully that the sum of these stories, all told in the first person, adds up to an intensely intimate portrait of a woman's life, tangled with the lives of her parents, her younger, needy sister, the older man who becomes her husband, his demanding first wife and their children. Atwood's crystal-clear, spare prose seems made to be read aloud, and Susan Denaker's pitch-perfect voice seems made to read it.

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