Women Talking: (Movie Tie-in)

International Bestseller and the basis of the Oscar-winning film from writer/director Sarah Polley, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, with Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand.

"This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale." --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

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240 pages

Average rating: 6.46




Community Reviews

Aug 01, 2023
8/10 stars
A small group of women gather to decide what to do after it is revealed that they, along with most other women and girls in their community, have been repeatedly drugged and raped by the men of their small Mennonite colony. Will they forgive the men, stay and fight, or leave the colony? Their discussions range over what it means to have the freedom to choose, whether one can be a pacifist if one harbors a desire a kill, how best to protect one'...read more
Jul 26, 2023
Very difficult and confusing read.
May 22, 2023
This got really mixed reviews from our group! Some loved, some hated, and I couldn't get myself to pick it up. Gwyn seems to have persuaded us that it was allegorical and spurred reflection about forgiveness and acceptance. The choice to make the narrator the male secretary was discussed as a necessary evil sue to the women being illiterate and therefore technically unable to communicate the story to outsiders themselves or just a bad choice of n...read more
Mar 25, 2023
7/10 stars
This book made you think!!! Through the dark devilish behaviors, you see a group of women come together to decide what is best for the group. They debate over long hours and bring up deep contextual psychological and theological debates. You can tell the women are educated enough the way they speak and use their grounds for arguments. They try to balance their emotion minds with logic minds all while keeping the group in mind and faith at the for...read more
Nova Shari
Mar 24, 2023
7/10 stars
I can see why people think it drags but I think it shows how difficult it is to get consensus and to organize. What I did not like was the fact that the book is really from the male point of view which I think diminishes it.

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