When a Fundamentalist religious group gains power and implements a Fascist government in the United States, a social class of handmaids is created. Stripped of her former identity, Offred tells her tale of being reduced to her reproductive capabilities. She relates her sadness, her yearnings, and her memories of when she had her own life.
Praise for The Handmaid's Tale
"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex." — The Washington Post Book World