2 stars. I almost gave it three because I liked the beginning and the ending pretty well. But then I had to remind myself why this book took me three times as long to read as it should have. It was over 500 pages of sameness. And not very interesting sameness, either. It was mildly interesting at first, but then none of the four stories actually ended up DOING anything. Yes, there are FOUR stories in this book. It is a frame story within a frame story that comes out looking more like a collage of family skeletons from the closet. I think the main reason I finished reading it at all was so I could have the satisfaction of putting it down.
I will give Atwood two props though. One, there was a lot of sex going on, but it was nearly all behind the scene. That was handled rather tastefully, I think. And two, she did a good job of hiding her clues throughout the story and she does a good job of misleading the reader. I make this statement hesitantly because I had it figured out halfway through the book. So either I'm just smarter than the average bear or her clues weren't as cleverly hidden as it seemed. Either way, she made me FEEL like a smarty because I figured it out early on. It wasn't a TOTAL waste of time, but I am glad it's over and I can now move on to more interesting things (I hope!).
And FYI- there is some mild profanity and, as I mentioned above, lots of discrete love scenes.