The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Searingly Plausible Dystopian

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Rating: 5 stars Category: Literary fiction, Dystopian Synopsis: Lydia is one of the most feared Aunts in Gilead - but she's about to go rogue with a secret manuscript. Agnes and Daisy are both navigating the trials of coming-of-age - but with one raised inside and one outside Gilead, they might as well come from different planets. These three unlikely women will be brought together to unite against the powerful Gileadean theocracy - challenging every single one of their assumptions about reality in the process.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: Character-Centric Historical Crime

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Rating: 4 stars Category: Historical fiction, crime, literary fiction Format: Audiobook Synopsis: Alias Grace is based on the actual historical figure Grace Marks, who was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper in 1843, alongside James McDermott. In this fictionalised account, it is uncertain whether she was acting under duress, out of fear for her own life, or if she was McDermott's lover and co-conspirator. The ambitious psychologist Dr Jordan is sent to the penitentiary to draw out the truth. However, with Grace claiming to have no memory of the incident, it will be difficult to separate the innocent, exploited young girl from the woman capable of unspeakable violence.