Thirty-four years after the release of her acclaimed dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood is coming back to the Republic of Gilead in a brand-new sequel called The Testaments, published by Random House.
The book takes place 15 years after the end of The Handmaid’s Tale and follows the point of view of three women: Aunt Lydia and two young women linked by their birth mother — Agnès raised in Gilead and Daisy raised in Canada.
The Testaments has already been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and figures on the longlist of the 2019 Giller Prize.
You can read the summary here:
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 voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
The Testaments is available today in harcover, ebook and audiobook format. The audiobook is narrated by Ann Dowd, Mae Whitman, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tantoo Cardinal and Derek Jacobi.