Return to Gilead with Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.
 

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More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.


As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.


In celebration of the publication of The Testaments, Penguin Random House Audio/Books on Tape invites you to step into the recording studio with Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mae Whitman, three of the audiobook narrators of Margaret Atwood’s new novel as they discuss the author’s immense impact on them as readers.


Ann Dowd, an Emmy Award-winning actress for her role as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale television series on Hulu gets to dive deeper into Atwood’s world with this long-awaited sequel to her dystopian masterpiece. “[Atwood’s] brilliance allows an actor or a reader to just fall straight into the world,” says Dowd. Don’t miss the chance to go behind the mic with these acclaimed actresses to hear more about why they jumped at the “huge privilege” to be part of this project. The full audiobook cast also includes Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, and the author herself.


A finalist for the Booker Prize, The Testaments is earning high praise across major media outlets, including The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani calling the book, “A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.” Atwood is featured on the cover of the current edition of TIME magazine as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She was also interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR.
 

Click to Watch The Testaments Narrators Discuss Margaret Atwood.

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