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The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (The New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive.

At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning and a tour de force of narrative suspense, THE HANDMAID'S TALE is a modern classic.

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

  • Publication Date: March 16, 1998
  • Genres: Science Fiction
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN-10: 038549081X
  • ISBN-13: 9780385490818