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10 Novels That Will Disturb Even the Coldest of Hearts
12:30 pm Wednesday May 18, 2011 by Kathleen Massara

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you take away the epilogue, this novel tells an unbelievably miserable story of confinement and misogynistic rule. In the near future, the United States is overthrown by the pernicious Sons of Jacob, who then establish the Republic of Gilead. The bank accounts of women and other undesirables are frozen, and a group known as Handmaids become the hosts for the future children of the ruling class. Atwood’s prose is beautiful and chilling, as always.

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