The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic ofGilead.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 311 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.02 out of 5
  • Published March 16th 1998 by Anchor Books
  • Original Title: The Handmaid's Tale
  • ISBN: 038549081X (ISBN13: 9780385490818)
  • Edition Language: English
  • URL: Go To Website
  • Characters: The Commander
  • Offred
  • Serena Joy
  • Ofglen
  • Nick...more
  • Moira
  • Luke Castellan...less
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (1986)
  • Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (1986)
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel (1987)
  • Audie Award for Fiction (2013)
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (1986) ...more Prometheus Award Nominee for Best Novel (1987)
  • Governor General's Literary Awards / Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général for Fiction (1985)
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize Nominee for Best Book in Caribbean and Canada (1987)
  • CBC Canada Reads Nominee (2002)...less

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. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…