Author Crush on Margaret Atwood
My author crush for this month is Canadian author Margaret Atwood. I was thinking about her recently because I saw one of her books, The Handmaid’s Tale is on one of the high school reading lists. And while I don’t love every book she’s ever written, I have read a few of her books again and again. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those books that I can read more than once, and continue to enjoy it. And, be creeped out by it. It’s a dystopian book, set in a future where women’s rights have been removed, and their only value in their society is if they’re able to have children. It’s a thought-provoking story, and I can see why it’s one of the high school lists this year, because it’s the kind of book that makes you think, and stays in your mind a long time after you’ve finished it. At least, that’s my opinion.
I also really liked her recently trilogy, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam. But, I re-read The Robber Bride and Cat’s Eye every year. Her characters tend to feel very real to me, and I find it’s easy to become immersed in the worlds she creates in her books. Not all of her books are dystopias; The Robber Bride is contemporary fiction, focusing on four women in Canada. One of the things I like, though, which seems to be consistent with a lot of her books, is that you can’t always be sure about a character, and who they really are. In many stories, you might start out thinking you know what a character’s going to do, and then they completely surprise you and do something else.
You’ll find her books in our Library in the Fiction section. As I mentioned, The Handmaid’s Tale is on a high school reading list this year, so if you’re a younger reader, these might not be your kind of books. But, keep them in mind for a future read, sometime along the way in your reading adventures.