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Hamnet: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 by [Maggie O'Farrell]

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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER -ONE OF BILL GATES'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR -Book Club Pick: Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles' The Reading Room

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.
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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

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Richly sensuous... something special' The Sunday Times 'A thing of shimmering wonder' David Mitchell TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that Hamnet will not survive the week. Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright: a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T4TCHM5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tinder Press (31 Mar. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3482 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0525657606
  • Customer reviews:
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Maggie O’Farrell, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is the author of HAMNET, Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, and the memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, both Sunday Times no. 1 bestsellers. Her novels include AFTER YOU’D GONE, MY LOVER’S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, and THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT. She is also the author of two books for children, WHERE SNOW ANGELS GO and THE BOY WHO LOST HIS SPARK. She lives in Edinburgh.

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