Join us in the community room for a discussion of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
The story begins as a young William Shakespeare falls in love with an extraordinary eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the country side for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son Hamnet succumbs to the Bubonic Plague.
Reserved copies of Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell are available for checkout at Oscar Grady Library or place hold by using the Monarch Catalog: www.monarchcatalog.org.