The Testaments would explore the “post-Handmaid’s Tale world.”
It will be published by Doubleday and Anchor, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on September 10, 2019.
You can read the full details about the announcement below:
“Dear Readers,” Atwood said in a statement included in the acquisition announcement from Doubleday and Anchor. “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.”
The acquisition announcement noted that Handmaid’s has become “a symbol of the movement against” Donald Trump, “standing for female empowerment and resistance in the face of misogyny and the rolling back of women’s rights around the world.”
The Testaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale novel, and is narrated by three female characters.