Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood

literary FICTION, 311 PP

Is Offred, the main character in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel and the Hulu adaption into a TV series, a New Woman? Is she any different than literary characters from the late 19th century when the term was first coined, such as Henry James’ Daisy Miller? Or is she simply a Woman? An educated, independent thinker seeking to define her own role in a new society with her own rules and expectations to suit her own needs? A great book club discussion choice, too. The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Facebook may be under fire these days for jeopardizing our privacy, but for now, I’ll continue to use it for maintaining and making connections with friends, my writing community and reading groups I’ve joined. One page I discovered and recommend is #ReadingwithRobin. Robin Kall Homonoff has a dream job if you ask me: talk show host, influencer and author event producer. Through following her page, I entered a giveaway for an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of The Farm which is released May 7th, hmm, the week before Mother’s Day. Coincidence? I think not. The Farm is the satirical name given to a maternity lodge (?) where surrogates, or hosts, reside while awaiting the birth of their client’s baby. The chapters alternate in POV and plot line between four main characters: two hosts, the manager of “the farm” and the aunt of one of the hosts. If you liked The Handmaid’s Tale, I think you’ll be intrigued with The Farm; it’s closer to reality than the fiction of Handmaid’s. I’ll be interested to see the formal release and how Robin promotes the book around Mother’s Day.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

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