Margaret Atwood Writing HANDMAID’S TALE Sequel for Publication September 2019

By Kelly Roberts | November 28 2018 | Adult

New York, NY, 28 November 2018–Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and Anchor Books have acquired US and open market rights from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown to Margaret Atwood’s new novel, THE TESTAMENTS.

THE TESTAMENTS is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published on September 10, 2019 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday with an announced first printing of 500,000 copies. The book will be published in hardcover and as an ebook, and in audio by Penguin Random House; it will be published in trade paper by Anchor the following year.

Margaret Atwood says:  “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

“I have published Margaret Atwood’s work since 1976 – her poetry, fiction and nonfiction,” says Nan A. Talese.  “A manuscript from her is always a reason for joy.  She writes wonderfully and has a mind like a steel trap.  This new book is no exception.”

The Handmaid’s Tale has remained in print since its publication thirty-three years ago, due to both Margaret Atwood’s brilliant storytelling and the novel’s prescient themes,” says Sonny Mehta, Editor-in-Chief and Chairman, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. “It’s a thrill to publish the sequel to a timely, legendary novel, and to return to the Handmaids’ world.”

First published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize and eight million copies have been sold globally in the English language.

When Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, Handmaids became a symbol of the movement against him, standing for female empowerment and resistance in the face of misogyny and the rolling back of women’s rights around the world. In 2017 the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes launched in the US on Hulu and Atwood’s novel has spent 88 weeks back on the New York Times bestseller list. The TV show has been nominated for 18 and won 6 Emmy Awards across two series.  A third series is currently in production.

The Testaments is not connected to the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Testaments will be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House across the English-speaking world: by Chatto & Windus/VINTAGE in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India; McClelland & Stewart in Canada; and Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in the US.

 

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ABOUT MARGARET ATWOOD:  Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in over forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

ABOUT NAN A. TALESE/DOUBLEDAY AND PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE:

Doubleday is an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.  Their parent company is Bertelsmann AG, the international media company.

A Novel
978-0-385-54378-1
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalized readers for decades: What happens to Offred?When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.   With The Testaments, the wait is over.   Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.  "Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood
$27.95 US
Sep 10, 2019
6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Nan A. Talese
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

A Novel
978-0-385-53924-1
An instant classic when it was published in 1985, Atwood's genre-bending, dystopian story comes to life in this new, beautifully illustrated graphic novel.
$22.95 US
Mar 26, 2019
6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Nan A. Talese
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

A Novel
978-0-385-49081-8
From the bestselling author of Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author.Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read 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 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 literary tour de force.
$15.95 US
Mar 16, 1998
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Anchor
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

978-0-525-43500-6
In this seminal work of speculative fiction, the Booker Prize-winning author asks: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Now a 10-episode TV series produced by MGM Television for Hulu, starring Elizabeth Moss (Madmen), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Joseph Fiennes, and Max Minghella.
$15.95 US
Apr 18, 2017
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Anchor
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

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