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Wed Nov 28, 2018, 07:32 PM

Margaret Atwood reveals a sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale' will be released next year, inspired by...

....modern America and women's disdain for Donald Trump

Praise be - Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her best-selling novel 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

'The Testaments', which was inspired by modern America and a certain president, is slated to be published September 10, 2019.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Canadian author wrote: '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.'
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'The Testaments' will be set 15 years after original narrator Offred's final scene in 'The Handmaid's Tale' and will rely on three narrators.

Atwood said the new book will not be connected to the Emmy-winning Hulu adaptation of Handmaid's, which continued beyond where the book left off in its second season.

While the press release didn't specifically mention the president, it noted how 'The Handmaid's Tale' had become 'a symbol of the movement against him, standing for female empowerment and resistance in the face of misogyny and the rolling back of women's rights around the world'.


Praise be - I reckon Sarah Saunders will be an Aunt Lydia!!!

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 07:47 PM

1. It will be interesting to see what she does with it.

I just hope that she isn't quite as prophetic as she was in Handmaids.

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Wed Nov 28, 2018, 07:54 PM

2. At this point prophetic is bad....

I would have been on the wall day one!

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:17 AM

3. I need to read her first book first.

I love the show and I know I would enjoy the book.

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 12:29 AM

4. Atwood, the great!

I'm so glad she's doing this. Atwood is a strong, necessary female voice. I still keep going back to "Stone Mattress" when I talk about concepts such as justice, rehabilitation, and revenge--especially in relation to gender violence. Although I really admire all her writing, I think "Stone Mattress" is the one I most revere. What a seething and deceptively calm short story!

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