A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story. Written by
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The popularity of this series prompted a surge of renewed interest in Atwood's book that had never been out of print since its publication in 1985. The film adaptation, The Handmaid's Tale
(1990), on the other hand, had become almost entirely forgotten and so difficult to find, the demand for it on Amazon and eBay had risen to such an extent that some consumers had reportedly paid upward of $100 for an original copy. See more
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