This novel by Margaret Atwood is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Margaret Atwood

(Knopf Random Vintage Canada)

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After 12 years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? (From Penguin Random House Canada)

From the book

His wife, Nadia, was the first to leave him, barely a year after their marriage. It was a late marriage for him, and an unexpected one: he hadn't known he was capable of that kind of love. He was just discovering her virtues, just getting to really know her, when she'd died of a galloping staph infection right after childbirth. Such things happened, despite modern medicine. He still tries to recall her image, make her vivid for himself once more, but over the years she's moved gently away from him, fading like an old Polaroid. Now she's little more than an outline; an outline he fills with sadness.

From Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood ©2016. Published by Penguin Random House Canada.


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