The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel, by Margaret Atwood and Renee NaultBooks / Debut Books / Debut YA Books
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel
By Renee Nault, Adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood
Full Colour, 240 Pages, Published by McClelland & Stewart, CDN$29.95
An instant classic when it was published in 1985, Atwood’s genre-bending, dystopian story comes to life in this new, beautifully illustrated graphic novel. The story is iconic: In the Republic of Gilead, a Handmaid named Offred lives in the home of the Commander, to the purpose that she become pregnant with his child. Stripped of her most basic freedoms, (work, property, her own name), Offred remembers a different time, not so long ago, when she was valuable for more than her viable ovaries, when she was mother to a daughter she could keep, and when she and her husband lived and loved as equals. Darkly prescient, scathingly sarcastic, and eminently frightening, The Handmaid’s Tale has only gained relevance since it was originally published, and remains one of the most powerful, widely read stories of our times.