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Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (Anchor Books, 1997).
In 1843, a sixteen-year-old maid named Grace Marks was convicted in Toronto of killing her employer and his mistress. Atwood has made these events into a novel, Marks’ story. Her death sentence commuted to life imprisonment, Marks is committed to an asylum, where a young doctor visits her, with his own designs on her story. Marks will not surrender her memories easily, though, and the killings and her guilt in them remain enigmatic.
There are all sorts of links and good stuff here — clearly the place to start. Val Ross profiled Atwood for Quill & Quire. Here are reviews and posts by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (The New York Times), Francine Prose (The New York Times), Tom De Haven (Entertainment Weekly), Elga (or Bill?), Dancing Badger, Julie Bowerman, kimbofo, Blue Gal, Stephanie Ayadassen, Lesley, Nicola, Gillian Bouras, Magda Healey, Sam Smith, Susan, Jacalyn Duffin, and annehawk. Laura Miller interviewed Atwood for Salon when Alias Grace was published. Marilyn Snell interviewed her for Mother Jones.