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The Handmaid's Tale
MARGARET ATWOOD

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
635 reviews (1986) (320p)
Man Booker Prize Finalist
New York TimesĀ® Best Fiction Books
LA Times Book Prize for Fiction

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Book Description
In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

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 only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days 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....

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.


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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
193 reviews (2009) (320p) (ALA)
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
410 reviews (2003) (400p) (Booker)
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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
581 reviews (2000) (544p) (Booker) (TIME) (ALA)
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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
177 reviews (1996) (480p) (Booker) (ALA)
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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
123 reviews (1989) (480p) (Booker)
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Margaret Atwood Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 8  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 6  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 1 The Blind Assassin ·  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 5 Alias Grace · Cat's Eye · Oryx and Crake · The Blind Assassin · The Handmaid's Tale ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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