If you're not familiar with the book The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, then surely you're familiar with the insanely popular show of the same name available on Hulu. It has captured the nation's, the world's, attention because to many women, it's beginning to feel eerily familiar with this administration's completely misogynistic, religiously conservative views. The novel was first published in 1985, and was quickly recognized as a modern classic. In college, it was required reading in my Women in Philosophy class taught by Professor Judith Little at the State University of New York in Potsdam, NY. I am forever grateful for Professor Little. She quite literally changed my life and my career path.
To summarize, The Handmaid’s Tale follows one woman’s (June/Offred) struggle to survive in a dystopian future America, renamed Gilead, where women possess few rights, are used as breeding vessels, and are not allowed to read or write. I'm not going to get into the full background nor give any spoilers, but what I will say is that the season finale of season three completely made up for some of the boredom I experienced at the beginning of this season. I think I sobbed as much as when Derek (McDreamy) died in Grey's Anatomy. Dev. A. Station.
The main reason I'm writing this is to let you know that Margaret Atwood has been working on a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale and I am beyond excited!
In a press release from November of 2018, Ms. Atwood stated:
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.”
From the various articles I have read about the sequel titled The Testaments, the new novel is set 15 years after June's (Offred) final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale. By all accounts, it is not connected to the television version. The book will be release next month on September 10th and you can pre-order now!
I can honestly say I'm more excited about this sequel than I was about Go Set A Watchman - the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What are your thoughts? Will you read The Testaments? What was your reaction to season three's finale?
Pre-order on your Kindle now for $14.99. Amazon hardcover is $17.99, softcover is $23.99, and Audio CD is $40.84.
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