Shylock's Daughter: A Novel of Love in Venice

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"A stirring book of fable and fantasy...outrageously readable."—Fay Weldon
When the beautiful Jessica Pruitt arrives in Venice to star in a film based on The Merchant of Venice, she is preoccupied: she has recently lost custody of her daughter, and as an older actress she is increasingly aware of the difficulty of landing leading roles. One day, as she wanders through an old Jewish ghetto, Jessica is magically transported to sixteenth-century Venice where she finds herself the heroine of "Will" Shakespeare's ...

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Overview

"A stirring book of fable and fantasy...outrageously readable."—Fay Weldon
When the beautiful Jessica Pruitt arrives in Venice to star in a film based on The Merchant of Venice, she is preoccupied: she has recently lost custody of her daughter, and as an older actress she is increasingly aware of the difficulty of landing leading roles. One day, as she wanders through an old Jewish ghetto, Jessica is magically transported to sixteenth-century Venice where she finds herself the heroine of "Will" Shakespeare's play. Immediately attracted to the younger playwright, Jessica enters into an intensely passionate love affair that defies time and place. Reading group guide included.

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“An amazing tour de force.”
Anthony Burgess
“Fresh, innovative, ingenious...moving. The imagination of the poet she essentially is strikes deep. I recommend it with all my heart.”
New York Times Book Review
“Erica Jong can write a historical novel that both honors its tradition with affectionate parody and creates its own full fictional reality.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324921
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Erica Jong

Erica Jong is the author of eight novels—including Fear of Flying—six books of poetry, and several works of nonfiction. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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