The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopic novel about a woman named Offred living in an ultra-conservative chauvinist theocracy in the former USA. Women are denied human rights in the new regime and Offred is a "handmaid" (a concubine) for Fred, "The Commander." After various illegal sexual liaisons, Offred becomes involved with the Mayday resistance, and is taken away in a secret police van that, she is told, is actually part of the resistance. The novel ends ambiguously and is revealed to be an account discovered years later by academics.

Summary of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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