Dating Hamlet by Lisa Fiedler
Ophelia's Story

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Ophelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore

"The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else.

I have stayed awake these many weeks, which has aided me greatly in my portrayal of one who has gone daft. For my skin is pale as fresh daisy petals, and my eyes sink inward, rimmed by bruise-like swells of purple. The servants and courtiers whisper that surely, Ophelia . . . most beautified Ophelia . . . has lost touch."

It isn’t easy dating a prince, especially when that prince is Hamlet. It could easily drive a young girl to madness, or so it would seem.

Since the death of his father, Ophelia’s beloved Hamlet has descended into a deep depression. To make matters worse, the Danish court is filled with lies and deceit. Was Hamlet’s father murdered by King Claudius? Is Polonius truly the father of Laertes? Who can be trusted as a friend? And who is to be feared as an enemy? It is up to clever Ophelia, with the help of her friends, to find a way to save her prince and herself. Only then can she finally reveal the truth about what really happened in the famed castle at Elsinore.

With Shakespeare’s classic play as a frame, Lisa Fiedler gives voice to Ophelia in a gripping novel full of romance, ghosts, and a touch of alchemy.


About Lisa Fiedler

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Lisa Fiedler is the author of a number of other works of fiction, including Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan and Lucky Me. She lives in Monroe, Connecticut.
Published November 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The plot follows its Elizabethan model reasonably closely—except that Hamlet’s gotten further with Ophelia than even Polonius suspects, both Ophelia (who sees the dead king’s ghost even before Horatio does) and her brother Laertes are in the know about Hamlet’s feigned madness, and with Ophelia s...

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Fiedler (Lucky Me) keeps the framework of Shakespeare's classic play intact, but in this fun, feminist retelling, Ophelia narrates.

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