Surfacing is a novel by Margaret Atwood that was first published in 1972. Explore a list of characters, a plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in Surfacing and in-depth analysis of the narrator, Joe, and more.

Literary Devices

Here is where you will find analysis of the key themes, motifs, and symbols in Surfacing, as well as descriptions of other literary devices used in the work.


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Further Study

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