Margaret Atwood wrote the dystopic The Handmaid’s Tale in the 1980s, after the first and second waves of the Women’s Movement. At that time, Conservatives were railing against Affirmative Action, against women working outside the home, against what was considered the “traditional family”. The Handmaid’s Tale is a social satire, wherein women are stripped of their rights, including the right to read. Radiation has left the Republic of Gilead (formerly the United States of America) with a negative population growth and very few fertile women, moving from a present day democratic state to a patriarchal theocracy. Told from the perspective of Offred, the narrative has holes, lapses, memories and imaginings, much as if the reader were interviewing a Handmaid of Gilead. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 388 pages
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Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
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