Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague (Large Print / Library Binding)

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The life forces that formed William Shakespeare – the English language’s greatest writer and dramatist – are lost to history, giving Maggie O’Farrell in her exquisite Hamnet license to imagine an answer. Told through the lens of his endearing yet peculiarly fascinating wife, one learns of a couple who could only have been with one another. With consummate skill, O’Farrell said enough so that the shadow of what made him him came somewhat in focus. By the novel’s end, it was hard to understand how the unimagined Shakespeare could have been different than the one she created. Yet this skin and bones of the novel gave way to the pages describing Hamnet’s ultimate act of love for his sickly twin sister. And from that, Hamlet – his greatest play. The ending was impossible to imagine and impossible to be other than it was.

— Dave

August 2020 Indie Next List

“I loved Hamnet in very much the same way I loved Lincoln in the Bardo. This novel explores the way the dead haunt the living—especially how the death of a child haunts their parents—and does it in the context of a fascinating historical figure and time. But we know so much about the Lincolns, and so little about the Shakespeares. Maggie O’Farrell’s ability to construct a palpably real emotional life for all the members of the Shakespeare family—but especially for Shakespeare’s wife—is just magical. This is a powerful and haunting novel.”
— Nina Barrett, Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, IL

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432887551
ISBN-10: 1432887556
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 535
Language: English