Dark humor lightens tales of Colonial horrors

NORTH CANAAN — There was plenty of buzz over the weekend discussing the premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim and poignant novel of a future where a totalitarian America has cloistered women into the narrowest confines of servitude, childbirth and stolen identities.

Meanwhile, women at the Douglas Library in North Canaan were discussing those very themes — and they were laughing their heads off. It might sound a bit odd, and in the best way, it was.

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