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Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett
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really liked it
bookshelves: female-nb-gq-2018, read-in-2018, short-2018

This novel (novella?) was sent to me to review by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It will be out on 26 March, 2019. 

Aside from King Lear, which I loathe, I probably dislike The Tempest more than any other Shakespeare play. I don't know why; there's nothing particular I can pinpoint. But I really, really dislike it.

It turns out, though, that stories of Miranda after the play are stories I can really get behind. So maybe this is part of the problem: in the play, I think Miranda is just a bit nothing. But For Meadows' Coral Bones made me swoon for joy, and now Katharine Duckett's Miranda in Milan similarly plays with the aftermath of Miranda's return from the island - in a very different way from Meadows, but equally dealing with some of the issues that a young woman with such an upbringing might need to confront. 

Here, Miranda is returned to Milan, and basically confined to the room - she's only allowed out when wearing a veil, which she loathes. Her father is off reestablishing himself as duke, Ferdinand is in Naples, and she has no friends. Until suddenly she does develop a friendship, and she begins to discover some of what's gone on in Milan that led to Prospero's banishment - and, by extension, her own.

Nicola Griffith's blurb is (unsurprisingly) apt: "Love and lust, mothers and monsters, magicians and masked balls...". That's about it. What is love and how do you know it, what makes a monster, and can magicians be trusted... Duckett writes about these things, and does it quite beautifully. 
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Reading Progress

December 15, 2018 – Started Reading
December 15, 2018 – Shelved
December 15, 2018 – Shelved as: short-2018
December 15, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
December 15, 2018 – Shelved as: female-nb-gq-2018
December 15, 2018 – Finished Reading

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