Conjuring Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Bina Shah, Pakistan's internationally renowned author, takes the parable of women selected for breeding to a terrifying new level. In her dystopian thriller, women in the Middle East and Asia have had their numbers drastically reduced by war, gender selection and disease, making the ratio of women to men alarming low. The consequence is that women must take multiple husbands in order to produce more female children. Not all women agree to submit. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard University, Shah is a regular contributor to the International New York Times.
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