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More than 30 years after the release of The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood has announced it's going to be a sequel.
Penguin Random House said on Sept. 10, 2019. It's called The Wills and will take place 15 years after The Handmaid's Tale left off. The story will be told by three female characters, according to the US publisher.
The Handmaid's Tale a dystopian novel set in the fictional theocratic dictatorship of Gilead, has risen again to prominence with a critically acclaimed TV series based on the book that started airing in 2017.
The action in the new book will be separate from the TV series, which is gearing up for a third season. In the second season, the action went beyond where the book left off.
In a message to readers, Atwood said it was her return to Gilead.
"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and his inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything!" the Canadian writer said.
She added: "The other inspiration is the world we've been living in."