The Testaments (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

The Testaments (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Margaret Atwood

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This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition contains a Q&A with Margaret Atwood as well as a reading group guide.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

2019 Booker Prize Winner

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

"Dear Readers: 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." —Margaret Atwood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385545594
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 24
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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 won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A Byzantine set of treacheries highlight the plot of this sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale." Like its predecessor, "The Testaments" is presented in a set of narratives, found in the future by some scholars (whose obsession with the past will feel painfully au courant). Aunt Lydia's testament, written at the end of her life, provides a more fulfilling view of the torturing & programmatic hellion of the TV series.
Anonymous 26 days ago
It has been some time since I have read a book that I couldn't put down. Thank you Margaret Attwood for not only answering unanswered questions,but for doing so in such an engaging fashion.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel. It was unique and very engrossing. I wish I had one chapter with Offered fully in it. But I won t say more to spoil it. Read it in 2 days. Get it and be transported.......
Anonymous 11 days ago
I really enjoyed how the author addressed the many questions left hanging from the first book. Indirectly and through various characters points of view you piece together what has transpired since the ending of A Handmaids Tale. Rey enjoyable read!
Karen_Benson 13 days ago
While not as mind blowing as The Handmaid's Tale, as we already know this world, I'm extremely satisfied with all of our questions being answered. If you've watched Hulu's TV show, you will have already figured out who baby Nicole is. Told from 3 perspectives, a girl who grew up as a daughter of an important Commander in Gilead, a young girl who grew up in free Canada, and last, Aunt Lydia, whose accounting of her history as to how she became the most powerful woman in Gilead was the most enlightening. I found this story absolutely fascinating and loved that there's closure to the story.
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Anonymous 6 hours ago
I was one of those readers of The Handmaid's Tale who wanted to know what happened next. The Testament did not disappoint.
Anonymous 7 hours ago
Really enjoyed reading this "part 2" of Atwood's works. You will not be disappointed!!
Anonymous 1 days ago
So hard to put this book down. To experience the machinations of Gilead is both dreadful and cautionary. To me the last chapters are the most disturbing as we humans so easily tend to forget what our history is. To despise and cheer simultaneously is a wild ride. Zealots abound and right now it is not a stretch of the imagination to think some of our current world leaders might very well like to create a Gilead.
GrammaChris 2 days ago
It's very satisfying to see the oppressive regime of Gilead being brought to a close, and to see women taking the lead in that development. The three main characters are very engaging-- two of them young and innocent, the other old and sly -- and the story was a page-turner for me as I was rooting for them all the way. I've always faulted Margaret Atwood for being too humorless, but she even allows a little humor to creep into the satisfying epilogue.
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Anonymous 5 days ago
Too short but fills in a lot that was missing. Great read.
Anonymous 7 days ago
A good follow up after many years of leaving us wondering..
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Anonymous 11 days ago
Awesome! Really great read!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Great read! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 14 days ago
All the questions that were left after "The Handmaid's Tale" have been creatively woven into this wonderous book. Thank you Margaret Attwood.
Anonymous 14 days ago
The sequel to the Handmaid's Tale delivers , and shows that not everything is at it seems, and nothing is ever black and white !
Anonymous 16 days ago
It is a bit confusing going back and forth. Then then end jumps so far ahead and kinda makes it all uncertain. I am also not the best reader being dyslexic yet was able to get through both books in just a couple short weeks at most.
Anonymous 17 days ago
It was an easy read and kept me reading. I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out what happened to all. Satisfied!
Anonymous 19 days ago
i can only hope to be as smart anf funny as Ms Atwood at her age
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Anonymous 21 days ago
Just read it.
Twink 21 days ago
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?
Anonymous 25 days ago
thank you for writing this book! im so happy to know there was a wonderful ending! i hope none of this comes to fruition!