The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood

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I was 23 years old when Margaret Atwood first published The Handmaid’s Tale. I assumed then  it was an historical fiction novel set in Puritan New England. Interested, I put it on a long and growing list of books-to-read-once-I-finished-college-got-married-raised-kids-started-a-teaching-career . . . Thirty-plus years later, I’m finally getting to it. Turning the first page, I […]

The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake

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The Guestbook is a sweeping novel by Sarah Blake, spanning three generations of the affluent and privileged, east coast Milton family. The story begins just before WWII and ends sometime in the late ’80’s/early 90’s. At first, I struggled to follow the plot, as it hopscotched through characters, continents, and time before dramatically, if not […]