Margaret Atwood’s short story for The New Yorker – “Stone Mattress” – decidedly changed my mind about exploring on my own. Who knows who could be lurking among those seemingly innocent elder travelers?
Atwood’s character, Verna, is a clever murderer – but she has a good excuse. Her path to destruction started in high school, fueled by a horrific incident that changed her life. When Verna discovers Bob, the smirking cretin who caused her misery, as a fellow passenger on board a cruise to the Arctic, the opportunity for revenge is too easy to pass up.
Having just enjoyed cookies and wine on a cruise through Christmas-land, I considered taking another cruise – maybe on my own. Atwood has disabused me of that option – at least to the Arctic.
Read Margaret Atwood’s “Stone Mattress” – here