Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
I would love to write a lengthy review for this book. But I can’t. Because I’m so emotionally drained after reading it that it’s a miracle I’m not still hiding underneath a pile of blankets, sobbing.
This is by no means an easy read, but I think it’s a book that everyone needs to read.