A Thousand Acres
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning retelling of “King Lear,” an Iowa farmer divides his farm between his three daughters and it’s totally not contentious at all. Just kidding. “A Thousand Acres” tackles some of Shakespeare’s most timeless themes—love, justice, truth—and is a must-read for any fan of “King Lear.”
The Weird Sisters
A perfectly-calibrated contemporary novel about family, with some of the best Shakespeare references you’ll find. The three daughters of a Shakespeare scholar move back to the college town where they were raised to help their ailing mother. What follows is a deeply-satisfying story of sisterhood, peppered with quotes from the Bard’s best.
The Bookman's Tale
An antiquarian bookseller relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside to mourn the death of his wife surrounded by what he loves best: books. Upon encountering an 18th century study of Shakespeare forgeries and a mysterious watercolor portrait, his life reignites in a quest to discover the true identity of the Bard, and Shakespeare’s connection to his own belated wife.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and is sure to be the biggest celebration of the Bard in our lifetime. From an Appalachian Macbeth to a modern family who communicates almost entirely in Shakespeare, we’ve found a few novels that capture the spirit—and some of the plots—of the Bard’s best plays. See if your favorites made the list!
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