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The Handmaids Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Year Published: 1985

Description: An example of dystopian fiction, The Handmaid's Tale takes place in a futuristic society in which the former U.S. is governed by a totalitarian religious regime. After gaining power, the ultraconservative rulers suspend the U.S. Constitution and take away all women's rights, freezing their assets and restricting their employment and education. Due to declining birthrates, some women are separated from their families and kept by the ruling class for reproduction purposes; the story is told from the perspective of one of these women, Offred.

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