The Handmaid’s Tale

The Book

What better time to read a world-famous Canadian author and novel than 2017!

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 award-winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity due to the brilliant treatment it received in a 10 part mini-series staring Elizabeth Moss. Made by American streaming service, Hulu, and filmed in Toronto, the mini-series has garnered many accolades for its intense portrayal of women who suddenly find themselves stripped of all rights living in a totalitarian society. This edgey mini-series seamlessly transports the 1985 story directly to a 2017 landscape with alarming relevance.

Both Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss are listed as producers for the mini-series. Even though the 10 episodes follow the book to its conclusion, the success of the series has led to its creators announcing Season 2, continuing the story where the book left off.  Luckily for fans of the book and series, Atwood has agreed to remain part of the team going forward.

This has been one of my long-time favourite books, and I can’t wait to see where the new season will take Offred (Elizabeth Moss) and her sister handmaids. To hear Atwood discuss her book and the series, tune into this interview conducted by Tom Power on CBC’s ‘Q’.

This haunting book will provide plenty of themes for your book club discussion; power, freedom, oppression, religion, and politics to name a few. You can find the mini-series in Canada on Bravo and Crave.

Happy Reading! Sue, Best New Book Club

The Food

While reading (or watching!) The Handmaids Tale, there is no better treat to celebrate the possible escape of Offred than the  Canadian butter tart. Since it is blueberry season, I’ve switched things up a bit to a delicious fresh blueberry butter tart.

Are you more into eating butter tarts than making them? Why not spend some time on a butter tart tour? Try this one in Kawarthas Northumberland 

Or this one in Wellington North 

Or you can make your own butter tarts with this great recipe!