Real-life handmaids

talking    In “Women Talking” by Miriam Toews, eight Mennonite women gather in a hay loft for a secret meeting.  They are just a few of the women who have been visited and violated in the past two years by “night demons”, who they now know are men from their own community.  Illiterate, with little knowledge of the outside world and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in, they have to decide: should they stay or should they go.  Based on a real-life event, “This amazing novel …could be right out of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Margaret Atwood).

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