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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
Forthcoming 6 x 9 in 432 pages McClelland & Stewart
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that has tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”—Margaret Atwood

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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Author Website: www.margaretatwood.ca

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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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