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Author O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.

Title Hamnet : a novel of the plague / Maggie O'Farrell.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Fiction  F O'Farrell    New Books Pittsburg 2ndFL  Available
Edition First American edition.
Description 305 pages ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Book discussion set
Book discussion set.
Note First Vintage books edition, May 2021
"This Is A Borzoi Book" -- taken from title page verso.
Summary "A thrilling departure: a short, piercing, deeply moving novel about the death of Shakespeare's 11 year old son Hamnet--a name interchangeable with Hamlet in 15th century Britain--and the years leading up to the production of his great play. England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman--a wild creature who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when his beloved young son succumbs to bubonic plague. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down--a magnificent departure from one of our most gifted novelists"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Fiction.
Plague -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Dramatists -- Fiction.
Spouses -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Sons -- Death -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Other Form: Online version: O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- Hamnet New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. 9780525657613 (DLC) 2019030391
ISBN 9780525657606
9781984898876 (pbk.)

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