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Publisher Description

Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaid’s Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times).

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

Fiction & Literature
February 17
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

Jamion3 ,

Fantastic writing

4.5 Atwood has such a unique voice.I am constantly amazed by her craft, However, I felt that the ending was a little rushed and could have been delved into a little more, but overall I loved the book.

vg2132 ,


Its relatable but the idiot that left a review definitely missed the topic of the book. Stop bringing your stupid political opinions onto a book review NOBODY CARES.

1morenickname ,

Scary relatable!

Hits too close too home now with a new President that infringes on American rights. Also not caring about America’s safety at our borders, printing money and moving the US toward bankruptcy so we have to rely on the government for “stimulus” as a way to control us from having rights. Infringing our choices for our bodies with vaccine passports.

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