The New York Times has released their list of 100 “notable books” of 2019.
Two Canadian titles made the list: the novels The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Women Talking by Miriam Toews.
The Testaments is a sequel to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It broke Canadian sales records after it was published in Sept. 2019. It also was a co-winner of this year’s Booker Prize.
The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and includes the “explosive testaments” of three women. The book answers questions on the inner-workings of Gilead, the oppressive dystopia where Offred, the novel’s original narrator, was stripped of her freedoms and forced to be a handmaid for powerful men. READ MORE