SURFACING by MARGARET ATWOOD
224 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.95.
As some other people are connoisseurs of wine, Margaret Atwood is a connoisseur of pain. She is acquainted with vintages. She can identify all the best anguishes blindfolded.
But even a connoisseur must specialize within the specialty. In this novel
Miss Atwood continues where she left off in The Edible Woman, chronicling the particular pains of being female in the '70s.
Her nameless narrator is Canadian, like herself, and a bit youngerin her late 20s. A commercial artist making a perfunctory living by illustrating children's...