Margaret Atwood. Art: Renée Nault
Nan A. Talese
 S. : überw. Ill.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes a pregnant, because in a age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke: when she played with a protected her daugther: when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now... everything has changed.