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Handmaid's Tale

book jacket for Handmaid's TaleHandmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where she works for the Commander and his wife. She is hoping to become pregnant by the Commander, since she is valued only for her fertility. Failure to produce a child could mean exile to the polluted Colonies. She cherishes the bittersweet memories of 'before' when she lived with her husband and daughter, had a job, access to knowledge, and had her own name.

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