Juliet's Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

A Novel

Book - 2014
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In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the Cappelletti's darkest secrets. Those secrets-and the nurse's own deepest personal grief-erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family.

By turns comic, sensual, and tragic, JULIET'S NURSE gives voice to one of literature's most memorable and distinctive characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona's wealthy ruling class. Exploring the romance and intrigue of interwoven loyalties, rivalries, jealousies, and losses only hinted at in Shakespeare's play, JULIET'S NURSE offers an original perspective and a never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Verona-the love between a grieving woman and her precious milk-daughter.

In the tradition of Sarah Dunant, Philippa Gregory, and Geraldine Brooks, JULIET'S NURSE is a rich prequel and reimagining of a classic tale. Drawing readers into the romance and danger of fourteenth-century Italy, JULIET'S NURSE is an engrossing novel of love and loss, suffering, and survival.
Publisher: New York :, Emily Bestler Books/Atria,, 2014.
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476757445
1476757445
Branch Call Number: FICTION Leveen Lois 09/2014
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,24 cm

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Jul 20, 2015

I really enjoyed the language of the book. She did a good job of incorporating Shakespearean wording and some directly from the original play. Also, it reads as if she thoroughly researched medieval life to create a realistic world deeper than that of the original "Romeo and Juliet" where much of the background is taken for granted.

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meggos
Jun 22, 2015

Boring, too wordy. It was interesting but after just over 100 pages I skimmed through it. The end, I liked what the nurse said.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 21, 2014

Leveen excels at taking someone little known in history (first, in real life, with Mary Bowser, and now, in fiction, with the nurse from ROMEO & JULIET) and developing a fascinating world for them to live in. While the second half of the book, where we see the events in the play -- and the characters -- from a completely different perspective, is wonderful, I most enjoyed the first half, where the story focuses on the every day life of Juliet, her family, and her nurse, and the development of Tybalt as a character. Guaranteed to be a great book club book, as there is much to discuss.

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