Rating: 5 out of 5.

hamnet by maggie o’farrell, 320 pp

biographical historical fiction

With every word spoken, an image flashed through my head: Maggie O’Farrell sitting at her keyboard, pondering every word on her page. I wonder how long it took her to write this beautiful prose to reveal the purity of the story, the imagined life and family relationships of Shakespeare’s wife, Agnes, and his son, Hamnet. The setting of 1580s England immediately draws readers into daily life and a intricate telling of a plague’s journey from the Middle East to Stratford Upon Avon. That Shakespeare makes only glancing appearances within the chapters is masterful. The focus is on the influences of his life and work. Emotions tug and tear. I hadn’t expected to like this one-never been a huge Shakespeare fan-but oh, did I love it! P.S. Have you figured out how much I’m loving Audible for my walks? Let me know if you’d like me to send you this one! I bet you’ll love it, too!

More great reads this spring!

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

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