It was a misprint and the end of the book is cut off by nine pages and starts over again with the beginning of the book.
The reason I found this problem is that in the end of the book there is supposed to be a A Reader's Companion to The Handmaid's Tale and I wanted to read what the companion had said about the novel up to the point I had completed.
Except it wasn't there. Along with the entire last nine pages of the novel.
I'm glad I caught it now and not later. I would have been livid had I gotten to the end and had to wait three weeks until I was able to finish it.
So The Handmaid's Tale is getting shipped off to Amazon.com, hopefully to be returned to me in better condition in a few weeks.