AUDIENCE: For fans of Margaret Atwood, the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and readers of dystopian fiction.
AUTHOR PLATFORM: Margaret Atwood is a Booker Prize-winning author and a cultural force: she has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter and more than 200k on Facebook.
WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING EVENT: The publication of the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale will be a landmark publishing event in the fall. Publishing partners: McClelland & Stewart will publish simultaneously with Penguin Random House across the English-speaking world: Chatto & Windus/VINTAGE in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India; and Nan A. Talese/Knopf Doubleday in the US.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR: The Testaments is set 15 years after the dystopian classic ends with Offred climbing into the van, unsure whether more torture or a better life awaits her. It is narrated by three female characters.
SALES TRACK: Margaret Atwood’s backlist sells extremely well year after year. With huge success of the recent TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the acclaim the show has garnered, including two Emmy Award wins, sales are on a steady incline and the anticipation for the sequel is unparalleled.
Praise for Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale:
“A cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital, and scary as hell…The story is newly relevant, as if it weren’t for three decades.”—New York Times
“It’s as relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it, in Berlin, in 1985…. We need The Handmaid’s Tale—to keep reminding, and resonating, and ringing.”—The Guardian
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