In Summary
  • Atwood said the new book, The Testaments, will pursue unresolved narratives in the original 1985 novel, delving into the "inner workings" of the fictional nation of Gilead.
  • The Handmaid's Tale won the Booker prize and has sold more than eight million copies in English worldwide, while the TV adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes won an Emmy Award last year's best drama.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood said Wednesday she will publish a sequel to her novel The Handmaid's Tale next year, taking readers deeper into her vision of a dystopian America ruled by a misogynistic theocracy.

Atwood said the new book, The Testaments, will pursue unresolved narratives in the original 1985 novel, delving into the "inner workings" of the fictional nation of Gilead.

"The other inspiration is the world we've been living in," the celebrated novelist said in a video message posted on Twitter.

"The Testaments is set 15 years after (lead character) Offred's final scene and is narrated by three female characters," the celebrated author said on Twitter. It will be published in September 2019.

The success of The Handmaid's Tale has been amplified by the wild popularity of the Hulu series adapted from the novel. It first aired in 2017 just as liberal America was coming to terms with the presidency of Donald Trump.

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