Is it just us or does it feel like we are living in a Dystopian YA novel? Like the part where to main character tells the back story on how things fell apart? Things in the US are totally nuts right now, and it's getting hard to balance staying informed and active in change with self care. One of my favorite self care things is losing myself in a book. Jumping into another world helps take me out of whatever I'm dealing with. This month I chose The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood for our book club selection. It's kind of as departure from our usual reads, but as neither of us have read it before, we felt this was the perfect time to do so.
What's it about?Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...
So totally a terrifying dystopian world we are about to dive into here. I've heard so many good things about this book and I'm excited to read it. I know Hulu has turned it into a tv show that premieres in April, so it's the perfect time to read it for the first time, or brush up on it if you've read it before.
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