‘Handmaid’s Tale’ se­quel com­ing in 2019, au­thor says

Star-Telegram - - Local & Texas -

In the surest sign yet that we are liv­ing in the age of re­boots, re­vivals and se­quels, Mar­garet At­wood said a se­quel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” her pre­scient 1985 novel, is in the works.

Ti­tled “The Tes­ta­ments,” the new novel is set 15 years af­ter the pro­tag­o­nist’s fi­nal scene in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and is nar­rated by three fe­male char­ac­ters. At­wood re­vealed the news in a tweet Wed­nes­day morn­ing and said the book is set to be pub­lished next Septem­ber.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” and its dystopian tale of life in Gilead, a pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety over­seen by fun­da­men­tal­ist zealots with a sin­gu­lar obsession with women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights has seen re­newed cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance in re­cent days, thanks in part to the high-pro­file Hulu adap­ta­tion.

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