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The Testaments
A Novel
By (author): Margaret Atwood
9780771009433 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Dystopian Sep 10, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.29 x 1.44 in 432 pages McClelland & Stewart
Booker Prize 2019, Winner Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019, Long-listed


Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

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.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

“The literary event of the year.”—The Guardian

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

“It’s terrifying and exhilarating.”—Judges of the Booker Prize 2019

Story Locale: Gilead

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.

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

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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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