Hamnet

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Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.52 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781984898876

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About the Author

Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, Maggie O'Farrell grew up in Wales and Scotland. She is the author of eight novels: After You'd Gone (winner of the Betty Trask Award); My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us (recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award); The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine (winner of the Costa Book Award); Instructions for a Heatwave; This Must Be the Place; and Hamnet, which won the Women's Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also written a memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am Seventeen Brushes with Death, and a picture book for children, Where Snow Angels Go. She lives in Edinburgh.

Reviews

O'Farrell has a melodic relationship to language. There is a poetic cadence to her writing and a lushness in her descriptions of the natural world. . . . We can smell the tang of the various new leathers in the glover's workshop, the fragrance of the apples racked a finger-width apart in the winter storage shed. . . . As the book unfolds, it brings its story to a tender and ultimately hopeful conclusion: that even the greatest grief, the most damaged marriage, and most shattered heart might find some solace, some healing.
--Geraldine Brooks, the New York Times Book Review

"All too timely . . . inspired. . . . [An] exceptional historical novel "
--The New Yorker

Magnificent and searing. . . . A family saga so bursting with life, touched by magic, and anchored in affection. . . . Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare's life, about whether he even wrote his own plays, here is a novel that matches him with a woman overwhelmingly more than worthy.
--The Boston Globe

A tour de force. . . . Hamnet vividly captures the life-changing intensity of maternity in its myriad stages--from the pain of childbirth to the unassuagable grief of loss. Fierce emotions and lyrical prose are what we've come to expect of O'Farrell.
--NPR

O'Farrell moves through the family's pain like a master of signs and signals. . . . In Hamnet, art imitates life not to co-opt reality, but to help us bear it.
--Los Angeles Times

Wholly original, fully engrossing. . . . Agnes is a character for the ages--engimatic, fully formed and nearly literally bewitching to behold in every scene she's in.
--San Francisco Chronicle

"A moving portrait of a mother's grief. . . . O'Farrell's prose is characteristically beautiful."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Evocative. . . . [Hamnet] is also life-affirming as it suggests ways art can transcend misfortune."
--National Review

"Superb. . . . O'Farrell's exquisitely wrought eighth novel proves once again what a very fine writer she is."
--Financial Times

"Elliptical, dreamlike. . . . [Hamnet] confirms O'Farrell as an extraordinarily versatile writer, with a profound understanding of the most elemental human bonds--qualities also possessed by a certain former Latin tutor from Stratford."
--The Observer (UK)

"A remarkable piece of work. . . . O'Farrell is one of the most surprisingly quiet radicals in fiction."
--The Scotsman (UK)

"[A] portrayal of grief and pain. . . . O'Farrell describes these agonies with such power that Hamnet would resonate at any time."
--The Guardian

"[O'Farrell is] a writer of rare emotional intelligence whose personal intimations of mortality bear rich fruit in this, her eighth novel."
--Evening Standard

"This artfully paced novel is an anatomy of grief. . . . Just when the novel's second part seems to be moving to a tragic conclusion, it mounts a stunning redemptive volte-face."
--The Times Literary Supplement