We read The Handmaid’s Tale in 2016 and found it shockingly relevant to modern life in America. Dare I say that, unfortunately, that is even more true at the moment when women’s rights are under attack in many states and fundamental Christians refuse to accept the separation of Church and State. In response to many, many fan requests, Margaret Atwood has done the unthinkable and returned to the world of Gilead and produced a sequel that may provide some of the answers we have been seeking. The Testaments is told by three women: one is an older woman who survived the purges that followed the creation of Gilead and now writes a secret diary to present the reasons for her actions; a young woman reaching maturity after knowing nothing but the restrictive culture of Gilead and a young teenager who has been raised in Canada with all its freedoms. It is an interesting read and I look forward to hearing what the rest of the group thinks about it. The Fisherman by John Langan is our token Horror story for the Halloween season.
They are both now available on the Nooks.
The Fisherman by John Langan
In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It's a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.