Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.
Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid's Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.
MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; MaddAddam; and her most recent, The Heart Goes Last. She is also the co-creator (with Johnnie Christmas) of the graphic novel series Angel Catbird. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
RENEE NAULT is a Canadian artist known for her vivid and dreamlike illustrations in watercolour and ink. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and graphic novels worldwide. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
“Arresting . . . Able to convey some things that text—and even a TV show—never could.” ?The New York Post
“A rich, visceral approach to telling the story.” ?Toronto Star
“Nault spectacularly transforms lines and color into fear, resignation, desperation, the tiniest glimmers of hope . . . most piercing throughout are her affecting use of color (red—'the colour of blood'—and its portentous hues of orange, crimson, rust) and scale (the indistinguishable handmaids trapped in plain sight). She adds softness when Offred recalls her past, with less-saturated colors for happier memories, thickened, darker lines for the repetitive nightmares.” ?Booklist (starred review)
"Nault spectacularly transforms lines and color into fear, resignation, desperation, and the tiniest glimmers of hope." ?Publishers Weekly (starred review)