Dear Mr. VP,
Today, I found out Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
I don’t remember when I first read this book. I do remember the profound impact that it had on me, as evidenced by the fact that I’ve read it probably half a dozen times or more since, and also devoured her other works. (My favorite – perhaps even more excellent than The Handmaid’s Tale? – is the MaddAddam trilogy.)
So of course I was thrilled at the news, though also feeling some trepidation, the sort felt when you have something you hold dear and don’t want it altered or changed by something new.
But mostly, I started thinking about how this political moment has forever altered my view on the original, and how it will shape the sequel. I can no longer read the original without thinking of you. This book, written in 1985, will forever have you as a backdrop.
I’m wondering how your presence on the national stage will color Atwood’s sequel.
A character named Vice President Spike Fence might be a bit much.