What year is Margaret Atwood's short story "True Trash" set in?
"True Trash" takes place in two different time periods, neither of which is explicitly identified. However, based on the described fashions (long-skirted dresses in the earlier time period, beards and sideburns when Donny reencounters Joanne ten years later), it is likely that the earlier part of the story takes place in the 1960s and the later part in the 1970s. This is particularly relevant because it means two important events took place in the interim: the cultural sexual revolution of the late 1960s and the legalization of abortion in Canada (where the story takes place) in 1969.
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