The honors began stacking up soon after the book’s publication.
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The Canadian author didn't need to publish any new fiction to make news in 2018. "The Handmaid's Tale," released more than 30 years ago and dramatized in an acclaimed Hulu series, continued to rank with George Orwell's "1984" as a defining dystopian text for the current time. Questions from readers about the imagined country of Gilead, a brutal patriarchy that didn't seem very fictional, were so persistent that Atwood finally changed her mind about writing a sequel and announced that "The Testaments" would come out in 2019.
Colette’s fight to live life on her terms will resonate with a lot of contemporary viewers, especially women, who spent too long trying to conform to somebody else’s expectations of them.