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Publishers WeeklyRyan (The Kingsley House) posits a tantalizing what-if in this delightful novel: what if Anne Hathaway Shakespeare had been Shakespeare's silent writing partner? Ryan places Hathaway in the center of Elizabethan London, where she shines as an artist, has passionate affairs with Ben Jonson and Kit Marlowe, and secretly authors half of the most brilliant plays of the era. Hathaway is a strong character who-though she harps on the same issues throughout the book (a conflict over taking credit for her work versus being successful)-makes for an excellent narrator and a unique lens through which to view the familiar Elizabethan world. Granted, it's light on plot and slow to start, but the entertaining romp that follows makes those shortcomings easy to forgive.
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