The Heart Goes Last


The Heart Goes Last is a novel by Margaret Atwood, published by Penguin Random House September 2015. The novel is described as a "wickedly funny and deeply disturbing novel about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free."[1]

The novel is set in the same near-future dystopia as the darkly comic Byliner serial Positron which was released online.[2]


Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupies their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.[3]


The novel won Red Tentacle award.[4]

  1. ^ "Margaret Atwood's new novel, The Heart Goes Last, to be released in September". CBC News, March 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Margaret Atwood's 'The Heart Goes Last' going from screen to page". Yahoo! News, March 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Heart Goes Last". Goodreads. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Margaret Atwood wins Kitschies Red Tentacle award for The Heart Goes Last". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 

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