Book Club - Spring 2018
March - The Handmaid's Tail
The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood
A dystopian novel set in a near-future New England in a United States governed by a totalitarian theocracy, where women have absolutely no rights. The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.
April - The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
May - The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
In the novel, the Underground Railroad is chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. In Whitehead’s conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—but an actual railroad winding beneath the earth, as conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery.