Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986. First Edition. Octavo. Item #022409
311pp. Signed by the author. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead. The regime talks the Book of Genesis at its work, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offered, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. It is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and convincing. This is Margaret Atwood at her best. Bound in 1/4 light blue cloth over gray paper covered boards, spine lettering silver. A fine copy in near fine pictorial dust jacket with just a hint of toning to edges.