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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ fans: Check out these read-alikes

If you've read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (or enjoyed the series on Hulu), take a look at these books that channel similar themes of womanhood and motherhood in a dystopian future where women's bodies are no longer their own:
  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
    • Successful births have declined. Unsuccessful births entail deformed and devolved babies that don't live past their first breaths. Pregnant and fertile women are commodities that must be rounded up and regulated; their wombs are like farms. It is in this future that Cedar finds herself pregnant and on the run.
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zuma
    • Red Clocks explores the lives of five very different women in a world where the rights of women and their wombs are restricted. Ro, Eivor, Susan, Mattie, and Gin must figure out just what it means to be a mother, and their purpose in being a woman.
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    • In this dystopian future, women and girls have the power to inflict terrible pain and cause death at will. What does it mean when the tables have turned and women are coming into their own?
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
    • In this future, church and state rule hand in hand. After Hannah is punished for committing the ultimate sin in the eyes of her society (abortion), she struggles to re-integrate into society. Just as the "A" on Hester Prynne's breast in The Scarlet Letter marked her as an adulterer, Hannah wears her sin in the form of her own skin, now genetically altered red, to permanently and publicly mark her as a murderer.
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    • Women are flocking to work at the Farm as the payment for their labors is more than they could ever dream. The only problem is that at the end of their "labor" they've created a baby to be given away. Jane, an immigrant, is desperate for a better future for herself with the money that the Farm provides, but is she ready to sacrifice her body and her child for it?

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, is now available.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021