The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)
Anchor, 9780385490818, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 16, 1998
Other Editions of This Title:
MP3 CD (7/22/2014)
Compact Disc (10/28/2014)
Mass Market Paperback (12/1/1986)
Compact Disc, Abridged, Abridged (10/1/2004)
Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.
Look for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, coming September 2019.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
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Praise For The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel…
"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling conclusions . . . An excellent novel about the directions our lives are taking . . . Read it while it's still allowed." —Houston Chronicle