Copies of Margaret Atwood’s expected sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” were mistakenly sent to readers early, the publisher said Wednesday, sending fans of the Canadian author to a frenzy and angry independent booksellers.
Penguin Random House had instructed retailers to keep “The Testaments” strictly under wraps until its official release on September 10, but several online customers have already received the much-anticipated novel.
“A very small number of copies” had been distributed early “due to a retailer error which has now been rectified,” the publisher wrote on Twitter.
Britain´s Guardian newspaper reported that the error was made by Amazon, which sent out around 800 copies early to customers in the United States.
It is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of recent times and retailers were under a strict embargo not to sell it head of its official release date.
The plot picks up 15 years after “The Handmaid´s Tale,” which is set in a totalitarian state in the near-future that has relegated many women to the role of sex slaves used for procreation.
It was adapted into an extremely popular television series starring Elisabeth Moss, and many viewers said it reflected a drift toward conservatism in the United States under President Donald Trump.
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