by Margaret Atwood
I'm going to start the A-Z Challenge by admitting that The Penelopiad is the only one of Margaret Atwood's novels I've read. I know. I'm ashamed. One of these days I'm going to read The Handmaid's Tale because frankly it's shocking I've never read it, especially as I did my dissertation on dystopian fiction...
I read The Penelopiad last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. For anyone out there who has yet to read any Atwood - though I think until last year I was the only person left! - then I'd say this is a great starting point if you don't want to go straight into The Handmaid's Tale. Her spin on the story of Odysseus is just brilliant, and it's not a very long novel, either - you could easily read it in a day if you wanted to!
As for me, I'd like to read The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace next!