by Margaret Atwood
Published September 29th 2015 by Nan A. Talese
Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.
This was the selection of the month back in April. It was a DNF for me so I'm not at liberty to review, but I will say that the pretense and introduction were very captivating. My alibi is that I started too late and didn't finish prior to the book club meeting. I plan to pick this one back up at a later date and finish.