The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret AtwoodThe Testaments: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments: A Novel

byMargaret Atwood

Hardcover | September 10, 2019

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Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

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 voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she 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.

"The literary event of the year." —The Guardian
"The international literary event of the season." —Globe and Mail
"It’s terrifying and exhilarating." —Judges of the Booker Prize 2019
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than 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, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which wo...
Title:The Testaments: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.44 inShipping dimensions:9.29 × 6.3 × 1.44 inPublished:September 10, 2019Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771009437

ISBN - 13:9780771009433



Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it !!!! A fitting conclusion to the horrors of Gilead. I absolutely loved this book and loved the narrator. It was a great read.
Date published: 2019-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Love love loved this book. Could not wait to read it and it did not disappoint
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down! It's a great sequel to The Handmaid's Tale.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointed Pre-ordered this book with high hopes. However, the sequel fails to fill the big shoes of 'Handmaid's Tale'.
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. Weird narrator choice. The book is fantastic. Anne Dowd narratiing - wonderful. Bryce Dallas Howard narratiing....uggh. Her voice can't do Atwood.
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast read I thought I didn't like this author when a read another book a long time ago, so once I read this one and the Handmaiden's Tale, I was hooked. She's an amazing story teller and we are proud to have her a famous Canadian author of literary fiction.
Date published: 2019-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and insightful Entertaining, powerful, and a scathing commentary on society today. Everything in the book is happening somewhere in the world. Very well written.
Date published: 2019-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! This book was amazing I was unable to put it down read it in one weekend
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book did not disappoint could not have been happier with this book
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint! the handmaids tale Is my all time favourite book so I was a little worried the testaments wouldn’t live up to the conclusions I had imagined for June and family. Although I felt the ending was a little rushed. There could easily be an extra 200 pages to this book. I really loved it and the background and stories this provided. I will be reading both books again and again.
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Binge read! Well, has there ever been a more anticipated sequel? Thirty five years on, Margaret Atwood has penned The Testaments - the follow up to The Handmaid's Tale. Made into a Hulu series, The Handmaid's Tale has reached new generations, both on the screen and on the written page. That first book took us to Gilead, a regime where men ruled, women were chattel and handmaids were there to breed. All under the umbrella of religion. Fifteen years have passed when The Testaments opens. There are three narratives. I as quite surprised to see that Aunt Lydia (if you've read The Handmaid's Tale, you'll know who this is) is the primary voice. "But among these bloody fingerprints are those made by ourselves, and these can't be wiped away so easily. Over the years I've buried a lot of bones; now I"m inclined to dig them up again - if only for your edification, my unknown reader." And turned what I had thought about this character upside down. There are two other testaments - that of Witness 369A and Witness 369B - both young women from different sides of the 'border' - one living in Gilead, one safe in Canada. "We were the beneficiaries of the sacrifices made by our forebears. We were constantly reminded of this, and ordered to be grateful. Bbut it's difficult to be grateful for the absence of of an unknown quantity." How those narratives weave together and what will happen will keep readers up late at night. And as more and more is revealed and the underlying plan becomes visible, I couldn't put the book down. And, as I don't want to provide any spoilers, I'll leave it at that. But suffice to say, I loved it. Atwood's imagining of such a world is not so far fetched. I leave you with this....:Atwood reiterated that "each detail is plucked from reality" so nothing she wrote has not occurred already, whether it be in this climate or previously before." Scary huh?
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! This book was a great sequel. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great sequel to The Handmaid's Tale I have never, ever read a book that was hot off the press. I literally cracked open the book the same day I received it in the mail. To me, it provided closure to the Handmaid's Tale and a great continuation to the TV series which I have been following closely. In my opinion, most readers will find what they are looking for in this book. A 4.2 star read for me.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Important book for our times. Well deserved Booker Prize for 2019.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book So well written. I had to control myself not to read it to fast, to enjoy every word. I was so into this book that I couldn't hear my husband talking to me.
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So EXCITED about this book My husband surprised me with this book yesterday, knowing how much I wanted a copy! Even before reading my book: I am giving this a 5 star rating, confident that I am going to LOVE this story! Thank You Margaret Atwood!!
Date published: 2019-09-11

Editorial Reviews

"The international literary event of the season." —Globe and Mail“A savage and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with unusual conviction and power.” —Peter Florence, Chairman, Booker Prize judging panel“A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil.”—People “A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “The women of Gilead are more fascinating than ever.”—NPR “There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood.”—Entertainment Weekly“One of the most anticipated sequels of the modern age . . . full of revealing backstories.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post “A rare treat . . . a corker of a plot, culminating in a breathless flight to freedom.”—Laura Miller,"The literary event of the year." —The Guardian "It’s terrifying and exhilarating." —Judges of the Booker Prize 2019