Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
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In an essay that was published in the New York Times in March 2017 and also as the new introduction to a 2017 edition of her novel The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood said that when she started writing the book, her title for it was "Offred," the name given to the main character by the repressive regime that is enslaving her. In addition to its primary meaning (that she is the property of a commander named Fred), Atwood also explained that she intended for the name to also remind the reader of the word "offered": "denoting a religious offering or a victim offered for sacrifice." See more