On this weeks Manuscript Monday Kara recommends “The Handmaid's Tale” (1985) by Margaret Atwood
Shocking. Horrifying. Illuminating. Growing up, my parents had (and still have) a very extensive library. My mom has literally every book written by a feminist - this is likely an exaggeration, but not by much! I would read books from her library, but seldom felt connected into them - my level of maturity didn't yet allow me to register any sense of suppression by the patriarchy. And then I read this book in my early teens. It impacted me so profoundly that I am unable to watch the tv show "The Handmaid's Tale" some 25+ years later because I'm still recovering from how gravely religious, political and patriarchal ideologies can disempower the marginalized. This book helped me see power struggles in a whole new light.