Billed as a collection of stories, Moral Disorder has the cadence of a memoir and the satisfying arc of a novel. Atwood fans will recognize the main character—a brainy daughter who spends her early adulthood drifting. This alter ego appears in guises from the 11-year-old puzzling out the facts of life to the aging wife letting go of the illusion that she can make a difference in the world. Atwood's incisive writing about being young and female made her reputation decades ago. Her writing about growing old cements it.