The handmaids tale is a dystopian novel by canadian author margaret atwood originally published in 1985 it is set in a near future new england in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy which has overthrown the united states government the novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid offred her name derives from the possessive form of fred handmaids are forbidden to use their . The handmaids tale by margaret atwood is a brilliant endearing scary as hell book told with simplistic prose and stark attention to detail atwood describes life in the not too distant future where the united states has been transformed through military coup into a totalitarian theocracy. Margaret atwood author of the handmaids tale has revealed that profits from the hugely successful 2017 tv series of her novel did not go to her after having sold on the rights for a film . When margaret atwoods novel the handmaids tale was published in 1985 it was rightly hailed as a masterpiece of speculative fiction atwood has always rejected the label science fiction . Hulu s upcoming adaptation of margaret atwoods the handmaids tale has everyone seeing red literally women dressed like the narrator of the classic yet still disturbingly relevant
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