Atria/Emily Bestler Books
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Historical
An enthralling new telling of Shakespeareâ€™s Romeo and
Julietâ€”told from the perspective of Julietâ€™s nurse.
In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political
a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters
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
Cappellettisâ€™ darkest secrets. Those secretsâ€”and the
deep personal griefâ€”erupt across five momentous days of
and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family.
By turns sensual, tragic, and comic, Julietâ€™s Nurse gives
voice to one of literatureâ€™s most memorable and
characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider
Veronaâ€™s wealthy ruling class. Exploring the romance and
intrigue of interwoven loyalties, rivalries, jealousies,
losses only hinted at in Shakespeareâ€™s play, this is a
never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Veronaâ€”the
love between a grieving woman and the precious child of
In the tradition of Sarah Dunant, Philippa Gregory, and
Geraldine Brooks, Julietâ€™s Nurse is a rich prequel that
reimagines the worldâ€™s most cherished tale of love and
suffering and survival.
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