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Katie's Cup Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

Set in the neat future, this dystopian novel describes life in what was once the United State and is now called the Republic of Gilead.

A monotheocracy, it has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.

Earlier Event: March 30
Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-along
Later Event: April 12
Truman's Ridge