Writers Who Read #24

4 October 2020

The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

  • Marketing: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Dystopian Science Fiction, Political Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Future Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 109,131
  • Print Pages: 381
  • Reading Level: 7th grade

  • POV: Aunt Lydia, 369A, 369B, Symposium secretary

  • Publish date: September 10, 2019
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday
  • Sold By: Penguin / Random House
  • Audio book actors: Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia on TV), Bryce Dallas Howard (Witness 369A), Mae Whitman (Witness 369B), Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, Margaret Atwood

  • Prizes: 2019 Booker Prize
  • The Handmaid's Tale showrunner Bruce Miller

Composite Sentiment Analysis / Plotpoints / POV / Grammar

Sentiment Analysis - 3 POVs Extracted

Around the Table

Please use passages from the book

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

November 1: Weather (2020) - Jenny Offill
December 6: The Nickel Boys (2019) - Colson Whitehead

Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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