I'm again nagging about
The Handmaid's Tale -- by Margaret Atwood.
Forgive me, I can't help myself.
"Offred [pronounced 'Of Fred'] is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to the food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read.
"She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because, in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.
"Offred can remember the years before when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke, when she played with and protected her daughter, when she had a job, money of her own and access to knowledge.
"But all that is gone now.
"Atwood takes many trends that exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions. An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking. Read it while it is still allowed."