Margaret Atwood announces ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel set 15 years after first book

We need it now more than ever.

Margaret Atwood has revealed that she is writing a sequel to her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, called The Testaments.

The follow-up to the Canadian author’s seminal dystopian tale will be released in September 2019.

Announcing the news on Twitter today (November 27), Atwood wrote: “Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The . is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters”.

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The Testaments is set 15 years after the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale. In a statement, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday confirmed that the new story is narrated by three women.

Atwood’s imagining of a misogynist society in the 1985 novel has been said to draw parallels with the era of a certain pussy-grabbing US president. As The Washington Post notes, Atwood has won a new legion of fans since Donald Trump’s election, as well as since the award-winning TV adaptation of the novel.

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The Testaments is published on September 10, 2019.

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The Handmaid’s Tale has sold 8 million copies in English since it was first published in 1985.

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