September's Pick


|September 10, 2019

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this…

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Book Club Conversation Starters
  1. Clothes play a dual role in the novel. They signal life stages as well as status and class: Did this aspect of the novel strike you as odd? Or does it reflect our own obsession with brands and logos?
  2. Aunt Lydia tells us that Gilead actually has “an embarrassingly high emigration rate.” Can those who manage to leave Gilead ever truly “escape”?
  3. Daisy/Jade is, to say the least, a reluctant revolutionary. But if you were her age and were asked to absorb all of the shocking information she has to process in a very short period of time, would you have reacted any differently?
  4. Several references are made to shortages of basic necessities such as food and electricity. What do you think has caused this? Possibly environmental issues? Or the ongoing war?
  5. The conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale left readers with many tantalizing questions. Which of your questions were answered by The Testaments? Which were not?

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