The Handmaid’s Tale gets a sequel

Testament.jpgNot to sound ungrateful, but after the success of the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, does it really come as a surprise that Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel?

Originally published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale was a standalone story – in fact, Offred’s story was framed as a collection of tapes found by an archaeologist in the far, far future. So it makes sense within that framing device that Margaret Atwood’s next installment, The Testaments, skips over to follow three completely new(?) female characters 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale ends. (Will we ever find out what happened to Offred? Unlikely. And I’m okay with that.)

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Buddy Read with Tash | The Handmaid’s Tale

Buddy Read with Tash | The Handmaid’s Tale

This is it. August  will be the month.

When I saw Tash’s list of titles from her most recent book haul, my eyes landed on The Handmaid’s Tale and I was sucked into a vortex of nerd gloom. For years now, whenever anyone starts raving this Atwood novel, I just nod along, “Oh yeah, definitely. Sure. Yah-huh. That writing style. What message.”

All the while, this is the hard, cruel truth: Hello, my name is Naiya, and I have never read The Handmaid’s Tale.

But August is the month to change that. This month, I’m doing a buddy read with Tash, 25% of the book each week, starting this week. Now. Today. Continue reading