Book 'n Tea Break

{December 10, 2011}   The Handmaid’s Tale

Title: The Handmaid’s TaleThe Handmaidco Tale Bookcover

Author: Margaret Atwood

MLA Citation: Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Print.

Awards/Honors: Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction (1985)
Booker Prize Nominee (1986)
Nebula Award Nominee (1986)
Arthur C. Clarke Award (1987)
Prometheus Award Nominee (1987)

Annotation: Offred works as a handmaid for the Commander. Her sole purpose is to produce a child for the Commander and his wife. Every month that goes by without becoming pregnant puts her at risk.

Booktalk: Offred can remember what life was like before the Republic of Gilead. Now her only purpose is to reproduce. She can only leave the house once a day to go to the market. Since the Republic bans women from reading, all the signs at the market are now pictures. Worst of all, though, is that she remembers what it is like to love. How will her memories and experiences influence her Handmaid’s Tale?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says, “I really want to read Bumped to see how the two compare.”

(Images Courtesy of GoodReads)


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