Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague (Large Print / Library Binding)
Give me a novel that transports me to another place and time, and when finished, causes me to dig deeper into the historical facts of where I’ve been. O’Farrell’s Hamnet centers on Shakespeare’s wife and children, and places you firmly in 16th Century England with all its beliefs, odors, struggles and universal human experience.
If you enjoy historical fiction or simply appreciate great storytelling, you are sure to love Hamnet. Beautifully written and imagined with a fabulous, satisfying conclusion.— Peggy
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