Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

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In this reimagining of Shakespeare's tragedy, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In a surprising twist, she devises a plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

About Lisa M. Klein

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Lisa Klein was always dissatisfied with interpretations of Ophelia and so took it upon herself to breathe new life into the story of Ophelia. She is a former professor of English who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons. This is her first work of fiction.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History. Fiction

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For example, Ophelia’s tutor and closest female character says something right out of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when speaking about her husband to Ophelia: “The husband may be the head but the wife is the neck, and it is the neck that turns the head which way she pleases.” Teen readers who love l...

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This, for instance, is Ophelia talking to Hamlet: "In due season, all that lives returns to dust, making the earth fecund with life.

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Ophelia is the motherless child of an absent father.

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Teen Reads

Placing the story in young Ophelia's point of view will attract the female readers, especially when joining Ophelia in declaring a woman's life in the 1600s to be completely and unfairly ruled by men.

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Historical Novel Society

Hamlet changes, his feigned madness becomes real and Ophelia cannot find it in her heart to follow in his desire for revenge.

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Historical Novel Society

In a perfect accompaniment to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Lisa Klein has fleshed out the story of Ophelia for those of us who craved more of this character when reading the play.

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Hamlet did sort of reveal his agenda to Ophelia, but perhaps he didn’t spell it out for her and she just assumed Hamlet stopped loving her altogether.

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In the book Ophelia, we watch the main character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet take a step back and let someone else take center stage;

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