Margaret Atwood's new novel, The Heart Goes Last, to be released in September

CanLit legend Margaret Atwood will be releasing her first standalone novel in 15 years on Sept. 29, publisher McClelland & Stewart announced Friday.

Canadian author's 1st standalone novel in 15 years will go on sale in Canada on Sept. 29

Canadian author Margaret Atwood will be releasing her first standalone novel since 2000's The Blind Assassin this fall. The Heart Goes Last will go on sale in Canada on Sept. 29. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

CanLit legend Margaret Atwood will be releasing a new novel this fall.

The Heart Goes Last (McClelland & Stewart) will go on sale in Canada on Sept. 29.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood is published by McClelland & Stewart. (McClelland & Stewart)
The book is Atwood's first standalone novel since The Blind Assassin, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 2000.

The award-winning author's short story collection Stone Mattress was released last year.

Atwood's new work is described as a "wickedly funny and deeply disturbing novel about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free."

The prolific Toronto-based author has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace.