More than 30 years after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale, best-selling author Margaret Atwood has announced that she will be writing a sequel.
Scheduled for publication on the 10th of September 2019, the follow-up novel is called The Testament, and will be set 15 years after the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Atwood announced the news on her Twitter, telling readers that the novel will be narrated by three female characters. It’s exciting news for devoted Atwood fans who have long wished to further explore the feminist dystopia that Atwood famously created in The Handmaid’s Tale.
“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is
the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything!” Atwood said, adding that “The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a fictional re-imagining of New England where the US government has been overthrown and replaced by a totalitarian state known as ‘Gilead’, tells the story of women deprived of their basic rights and reproductive freedoms.
Having been recently adapted into a critically acclaimed television series, The Handmaid’s Tale remains to this day one of the world’s most important dystopian novels. With the television series now preparing for its third season, Atwood has made it clear that the follow-up novel will be written separately to the series, as a direct carry-on from the first novel.
We personally can’t wait to read The Testament – can you?