The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, first published by McClelland and Stewart in 1985. The novel explores themes of women in subjugation, and the various means by which they gain agency, against a backdrop of the establishment of a totalitarian theocratic state. Sumptuary laws (dress codes) play a key role in imposing social control within the new society.
The novel is often studied by high school and college students. The American Library Association lists it in "10 Most Challenged Books of 1999" and as number 37 on the "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000" due to many complaints from parents of pupils regarding the novel's anti-religious content and sexual references.
(This is one of many covers of the book.)
Recently I blogged a nine-part review of The Handmaid's Tale; here's the TOC for the series: