Quilting In Margaret Atwood's Search For Alias Grace

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in Search of Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood describes her own search for the facts, what she found out, what eluded her grasp and how this process shaped her novel.
Quilting is used as a metaphor for Grace’s construction of her story ,memory and consequently of her identity.

In 1843, a sixteen year old Canadian housemaid called Grace Marks was accused together with her fellow servant and alleged lover, James McDermott of partaking in the double murder of their employer Thomas Kinnear and his house keeper as well as his mistress Nancy Montgomery in Kingston, North Ontario. Later on Mc Dermott, who confessed (to carrying out the killings), was hanged a few months after the murders. As for Grace her lawyer won a stay of execution on behalf of his