Swan Town by Michael J. Ortiz
The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare

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The witty and engaging diary of Susanna Shakespeare, the young daughter of William Shakespeare, from a first–time author.

Thirteen–year–old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in her boring village of Stratford, England. Her father, Will, is always off in London, busily working on new plays, and Susanna yearns to be a part of that world. When Susanna's uncle gets himself in trouble with the Master of Revels, and Susanna is whisked off to London to help, the stage is set for adventure...and romance.

Told in a diary format with Susanna's humorous, witty perspective of late–sixteenth–century Elizabethan England, this extensively researched debut novel offers an unconventional glimpse into the life of the famed Bard's family.


About Michael J. Ortiz

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Michael J. Ortiz teaches, writes, hunts, cooks, and tends an herb garden in Maryland with his wife and their four children. He has degrees from Saint Anselm College and Georgetown University. He believes all attempts to deny Shakespeare authorship of his plays and poems are beef-witted slanders of historical proportions. Swan Town is his first novel.
Published March 1, 2006 by HarperCollins. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From March to December 1597, Susanna writes in her journal, composes a satirical play about parrots, mourns the loss of her little brother Hamnet and her grandfather, goes to London to see her dad perform in one of his own plays and commits herself to the old faith, Catholicism, which is under in...

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