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May 2020 Book Club - The Year of the Flood

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It seems like an eternity ago since we announced our 2020 Book Club focused on the Climate Crisis. We hope you are still reading and thinking about the planet while you stay at home and try not to get overwhelmed by the news. Join the conversation with scholar, writer, and literature teacher, Alisa Braithwaite. "With this year’s book club I hope to feed three birds with one seed: get us thinking about perspectives that are not always privileged, remind us of the importance of the humanities (and literature in particular!) in fighting for social justice, and prepare us for the challenge of the upcoming election season."

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood

In the second of Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, we read the stories of Toby and Ren, two women who have survived the Waterless Flood. They were also members of the God’s Gardeners, a religious organization devoted to the protection of all God’s creatures. Through a novel that is at once a personal confession, a detailed account, and a religious artifact, we come face to face with the anxieties and the hope that currently define the moment we live in today. Atwood is masterful in her ability to frighten us with a dystopian world that is all too similar to our own and at the same time to inspire us with characters who find the courage to act while still surrounded by that fear.

You might like this book if you think Margaret Atwood should win the next Nobel Prize in Literature, you enjoy stories of friendships between women, you like your dystopian fiction with a good dose of satire.

For fans of speculative fiction, feminist fiction, dystopian futures

Available from some of our favorite local bookstores: Porter Square Books and Harvard Square Books. And grab the ebook from All She Wrote Books!

Limited to 12 participants (16 yrs of age or older); this event is free but we do require you register so we can all chat online!

  • Level:  Intermediate (you are working on your own project and we won't let you fail but this event is mostly for talking about the book and a little bit about you knitting/crochet/embroidery/paper-piecing)
  • We provide: lively discussion and great company
  • You bring: yourself and join us online for a conversation. You can totally make yourself a drink - we definitely will have a glass of wine on hand!
  • Event length: 1 1/2 hours
  • You'll receive a link to the online discussion which will start at 4 PM


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