New Audiences for THE HANDMAID’S TALE

By Tim Cheng | April 26 2017 | Community Reads

More than thirty years after its original publication, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel set in a frightening America of the near future where women-function only in the strictly defined roles assigned to them by men, remains unnervingly resonant to our current cultural conversation. The book as a result has returned to the bestseller list.

Atwood has written a new introduction to the novel, which was featured on the cover of the The New York Times Book Review last month and she was recently honored by The National Book Critics Circle with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award for her “groundbreaking fiction.” The New Yorker has just published an extensive profile which you read can here.

Hulu’s already acclaimed film adaption starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 26 the with first two episodes of ten in the series.  You can watch the trailer here.


The Handmaid's Tale
A Novel
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.