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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (Hardcover)

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For those wondering if Atwood’s sequel to her unmatched feminist masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale stacks up… oh yes, it does. While Atwood pulls her readers back into the horrors of Gilead that we were first introduced to in The Handmaid’s Tale, unlike its predecessor that focuses only on Offred’s point of view, The Testaments follows three different points of view of women living inside and outside of Gilead’s borders, fifteen years after Offred’s tale: a teenage girl who’s been raised outside of Gilead in Canada, another teenage girl who was born and grew up under the repressive shroud of Gilead with a Commander and his Wife as her parents, and…one of Gilead’s founding Aunts. Atwood handily maintains two VERY different teenagers’ voices while also conquering the morally grey, manipulative wit of a middle-aged Aunt who helped build Gilead. The Testaments is less focused on the vicious repression and objectification of the women inside of Gilead, tackling instead the extremely difficult question of how people get to the point where they can justify rejecting morality and human decency. Atwood explores the cult mindset, how easy it is to believe in something when that’s all you’ve ever known and how difficult it is to break out of it. It’s a story of heroism showing up where you least expect it, and of real, messy people rising to the occasion.

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The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia.  Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

Praise For…

“A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil.
“Margaret Atwood’s powers are on full display . . . Everyone should read The Testaments.
Los Angeles Times
A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
The Testaments is worthy of the literary classic it continues. That’s thanks in part to Atwood’s capacity to surprise, even writing in a universe we think we know so well.”
USA Today
The women of Gilead are more fascinating than ever.
There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood.
Entertainment Weekly
Powerful, revealing, and engaging.
—Boston Globe

A rare treat . . . a corker of a plot, culminating in a breathless flight to freedom.”
—Laura Miller,

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385543781
ISBN-10: 0385543786
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 432