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Fiction Dystopian

The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments Box Set

by (author) Margaret Atwood

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Category
Dystopian, Literary, Contemporary Women
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771001567
    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
    List Price
    $41.95

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A box set of Margaret Atwood's bestselling companioned novels, The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments.

In The Handmaid's Tale, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War and the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead's Commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive.
     In The Testaments, set more than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the Republic of Gilead maintains its repressive grip on power, but it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women come together, with potentially explosive results.
     This beautifully designed slipcase will make the perfect holiday and perennial gift.

About the author


Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. 

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Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TESTAMENTS:

"The international literary event of the season." —Globe and Mail

“A savage and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with unusual conviction and power.” —Peter Florence, Chairman, Booker Prize judging panel

“A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil.” —People
 
“A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“The women of Gilead are more fascinating than ever.” —NPR
 
“There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood.” —Entertainment Weekly
One of the most anticipated sequels of the modern age . . . full of revealing backstories.” —The Washington Post
 
“A rare treat . . . a corker of a plot, culminating in a breathless flight to freedom.” —Slate.com

"The literary event of the year." —The Guardian
 
"It’s terrifying and exhilarating." —Judges of the Booker Prize 2019

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