Atwood, Margaret. “Death by Landscape.” Atwood Margaret. Wilderness Tips. Canada: McClelland and Stewart,1991.
“Death by Landscape”, written by Margaret Atwood, tells the reader about the story of an old woman named, Lois, who reflects back on her life. For years, she has built a steady collection of paintings and now that she is living in a smaller condo unit, following the death of her husband as well as the moving out of her children, the paintings are closer and more visible to her. As she wanders, she remembers the times when she spent her summer, as a young girl, at a camp. She recalls the traditions that they practiced in camp, the words of the song that she used to sing and her spunky counsellors. Most importantly, she remembers her American friend named Lucy as well as the summer when Lucy suddenly disappeared into the wilderness without any signs or trace and was never to be found again. It was only after several years that Lois realized how the disappearance of her dear friend drastically affected her life – the reason why she collected so many paintings is because she was searching for Lucy.