Summary – 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.
Read-Alikes – If you liked A Handmaid’s Tale, here are some others you might enjoy as well. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Book Club – A Handmaid’s Tale is Carol’s book club selection for June. Carol leads an insightful book discussion that is open for everyone to attend. Book discussion will meet on Tuesday June 19th at 2:30pm. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk.