u003cbu003eAu003ciu003e New York Times u003c/iu003ebestselling modern masterpiece that "reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil" (u003ciu003ePeopleu003c/iu003e)--and can be read on its own or as a sequel to Margaret Atwood's classic, u003ciu003eThe Handmaid's Taleu003c/iu003e. u003c/bu003e u003cbru003e u003cbu003e u003c/bu003e u003cbru003e "Atwood's powers are on full display" (u003ciu003eLos Angeles Times)u003c/iu003e inu003ciu003e u003c/iu003ethis deeply compelling Booker Prize-winning novel, now updated with additional content that explores the historical sources, ideas, and material that inspired Atwood. u003cbru003e u003cbru003e More than fifteen years after the events of u003ciu003eThe Handmaid's Tale,u003c/iu003e the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e With u003ciu003eThe Testaments,u003c/iu003e Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.