Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale is everywhere right now.
It’s been perched at the top of Amazon and New York Times bestseller lists for months; the screen adaption, which debuted on Hulu last week, is netting rave reviews; and, in a recent profile, The New Yorker dubbed Atwood “the prophet of dystopia.”
Set in a near-future America where the government has been replaced by a totalitarian religious regime and women have no rights, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of Offred, one of a class of women kept in captivity as reproductive slaves to the ruling class. Moving between past and present, the book explores the circumstances of Offred’s captivity, and the cracks that begin to appear in the facade of the new order.
The library will be able to get a limited number of copies of the book in advance. If you’d like to borrow one, please make your request by May 4th; you can do so in person, over the phone, or via email.