Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

I had never thought about immigration and colonial life for rich and poor in Canada, or the myth and reality of "opportunity" in a new land; until I read Alias Grace. Based on a true murder this novel reveals colonial life, everyday existence, attitudes, belief, social customs and justice in 19th century Canada. 
Did Grace murder Nancy and Mr Kinealy? As she talks to the psych, having spent 8 years of a life sentence; either in jail or lunatic asylums, her life story is revealed and we get to know Grace and her plight - murderess or not. 
Beautifully written, a large novel, but so well worth reading. Try the audio book well read and enthralling.

Other books by Margaret Atwood

The blind assassin
Bluebeard's egg and other stories
Curious pursuits
The door
Eating fire
Hag-seed : the Tempest retold
The handmaid's tale
The heart goes last
In other worlds
Moral disorder
Murder in the dark
Oryx & Crake
The penelopaid
Robber bride
The stone mattress : nine tales
The year of the flood