Here’s a sneak peek at the story behind the story of Juliet’s Nurse from award-winning author Lois Leveen.
If you’re intrigued, you can preorder Juliet’s Nurse today, and have it waiting for you on September 23.
Now that Juliet’s Nurse is finally being read and reviewed, I’m especially struck by people who say they wish the book existed when they were in high school, struggling to slog through Romeo and Juliet.
Should I, a former university faculty member who spent over a decade earning degrees in history and literature, be offended when readers say Shakespeare just seemed too hard? Not at all!
Yes, I wrote Juliet’s Nurse for readers who, whether they loved studying Romeo and Juliet or hated it, haven’t read Shakespeare’s most famous play in years. Because it’s written from a twenty-first century sensibility, it helps readers make sense of what was happening in Romeo and Juliet, and particularly how it affects the nurse, who as a mother-figure to Juliet is hardly a minor character. The nurse has the largest number of lines after the title characters, and Juliet actually speaks more of her lines to the nurse than she does to Romeo.
So if you’re looking for a book-to-school special (after all, your house may be a touch quieter now that the kids have somewhere else to be all day), try Juliet’s Nurse, the novel-lovers way to brush up your Shakespeare!
Download the Reading Group Guide: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Juliets-Nurse/Lois-Leveen/9781476757445/reading_group_guide
Award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, as well as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and on NPR. Lois gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums, and libraries around the country. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with two cats, one Canadian, and 60,000 honeybees.
Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen is on sale September 23, 2014