“Legacy and adaptations…Atwood’s prose is chillingly graphic, evoking the deadening effect that the erasure of sexual desire and free will has on both society and the individual. She maintained that every aspect of her fictional society was drawn from something that existed either currently or in the past somewhere in the world. Notably, the story was partly inspired by Puritanism in New England. The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction, and it was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize. The widely discussed book became a staple of literature classes in high schools and universities, though it was also frequently challenged. Its notable adaptations include a 1990 film with a screenplay by Harold Pinter, an opera composed by Poul Ruders that premiered in 2000 in Copenhagen, and a ballet performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2013. In addition, a well-received television series, for which Atwood served as a consulting producer, debuted on Hulu in 2017. The Testaments, Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, was released in 2019.”
There’s a pretty good summary of the book at the link below.