The Handmaid's Tale

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Anchor Books, 1986 - Fiction - 311 pages
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In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

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 only valued 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 tour de force.

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This is the second Atwood novel that I attempted, and my first success. The story was gripping and horrifying and left me a lot to think about. Read full review

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Omg so good! Book 15 of 2017! Hulu is making a series based on this book soon, so of course I had to read it! So crazy creepy because though the book is from the late 80s, it has soooo many allusions ... Read full review

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MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent works include the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders. She lives in Toronto.

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