Cover of The Handmaid's Tale by Canadian author Margaret Atwood (1985), published in 2012 by The Folio Society, UK. The dystopian novel is set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government. The novel tells the story of Offred and her role as a handmaid, forced to provide children by proxy for infertile women of a higher social status. The handmaids undergo regular medical tests and in many ways become invisible, the sum total of their biological parts. 6 3/8 x 9 1/4, acrylic, digital.