This month: Dystopian
The Genre Book Club meets every other month to discuss a novel from one of any number of literary genres. In July, the Club will discuss Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
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 days before, when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
The discussion will be complemented by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.
Copies of The Handmaid’s Tale can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Club is not required.