The Sequel to The Handmaid's TaleeBook - 2019
"Atwood's powers are on full display" ( Los Angeles Times) in this deeply compelling Booker Prize-winning novel, now updated with additional content that explores the historical sources, ideas, and material that inspired Atwood.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
From Library Staff
It's been a long time coming, but this conclusion to the world of Gilead was worth the wait. It has more history of how the new regime took charge as well as what's happening elsewhere. Atwood plays a little fast and loose with timelines, but it doesn't hurt the plot at all. - Leslie
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“Once a story you’ve regarded as true has turned false, you begin suspecting all stories.” - p.307
“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.” - p. 66
"Astonishing," I exclaimed. "Not for nothing do we at Ardua Hall say 'Pen Is Envy.'"
"There were swings in one of the parks, but because of our skirts, which might be blown up by the wind and then looked into, we were not to think of taking such a liberty as a swing. Only boys could taste that freedom; only they could swoop and soar; only they could be airborne. I've never been on a swing. It remains one of my wishes." Part II - Chapter 3 - pg.16
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