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Jennings Sunday: 'Handmaid's Tale' focus of book club discussion

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood is the October selection for both book clubs of the Jennings County Public Library.

The book will be discussed during the next Thursday Night Bookworms meeting at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 4 at the library. Teens and adults are welcome to join this book club.

The book’s jacket provides the following description about a society of the future: A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.

Offred is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic commander and his bitter wife.

She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read.

She must pray that the commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates, her value lies in her fertility. Failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies.

Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules.

Like Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and George Orwell’s “1984,” Atwood’s novel has endured not only as a literary landmark but as a warning of a possible future that is still chillingly relevant.

You can ask for a copy of the book at the information desk. You may sign up for the club’s next meeting at the circulation desk, or you can just show up at the library and join the book discussion.

For more information, call the library at 346-2091 or visit their website at

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