What ELLE Reads

ELLE's Claire Sibbick picks the book that shaped her

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I first read The Handmaid's Tale at university. At the time, I was becoming more aware of modern feminism, and this book helped me question the role of women in society today. It saddened me that there was so much relatable truth in the story, and that we still really need feminism as much now, to overcome similar difficulties to the women in the book. I've reread it since graduating, and although the truth in the book's themes still angers me, it never fails to leave me feeling reflective but empowered.

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