Lady Macbeth's Daughter

Lady Macbeth's Daughter

by Lisa Klein

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ISBN-13: 9781599906232
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,018,431
File size: 648 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

LISA KLEIN is the author of Lady Macbeth's Daughter, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Ophelia. A former professor of English, she lives in Ohio with her family.
www.authorlisaklein.com
LISA KLEIN is the author of Lady Macbeth's Daughter, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Ophelia. A former professor of English, she lives in Ohio with her family. www.authorlisaklein.com

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Lady Macbeth's Daughter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
In this novel, set in 11th century Scotland, author Lisa Klein starts with the premise that Macbeth and his wife had a baby daughter, born with a deformed leg. Macbeth, in his anger that she was not the healthy son he longed for, left the infant to die. Lady Macbeth, not much more than a girl herself in a time when women had no power, was helpless to stop him, and grieves the death of her daughter as well as the subsequent pregnancies she loses, believing herself cursed. These losses shape her character and set the stage for the tragic events she later participates in. What neither of them know, however, is that their baby daughter did not die. She was saved by Lady Macbeth's serving woman, Rhuven, who took her to live with her sisters in the Wychelm Wood. The sisters name the child Albia, and the little girl grows up believing one of the sisters to be her mother. The years pass by peacefully, until the year Albia turns fifteen and great turmoil comes to Scotland. King Duncan is murdered, and Albia is sent to live with a foster family - Banquo, his wife Breda, and their son Fleance. And there is turmoil inside Albia as well - she is confused by her feelings for the attractive but maddening Fleance, and she longs to know the identity of her father. When she learns the truth about her heritage - and that her birth parents murdered the king in order to seize the throne - she struggles with her feelings of revulsion at what her parents have done and determines that she must destroy them and bring peace and justice to Scotland. Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a rather interesting and complex novel. It is mainly told from the point of view of Albia, although we also see some events from the point of view of Lady Macbeth. Her perspective, and the difficult life she lived, made her actions, wrong though they were, seem more understandable. Overall the story and the ending especially were rather thought-provoking, making me think a lot about the motivations of various characters, and wondering what happened afterwards. I would recommend this book to readers, young adult and older, who enjoy either historical fiction or unique retellings of Shakespeare's plays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've found it hard to find a fresh, new interpretation of Macbeth, and after reading Klein's other book, Ophelia, I stumbled across this book. Klein deffinetly went on a stretch with creating a whole new character to add into the mix, but I really liked that. Having the story be told from someone outside all the craziness but still associated with it added new insight and innocence. I didn't really like that it switched perspectives from Albia (the added character; daughter of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth) and Lady Macbeth. I much preferred Albia's perspective. Overall, this is was a great read for any Macbeth or Shakespeare fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the idea behing the book and it was fun to read. Too short in my opinion
Katie017 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book; I'd read the actual Shakespearean play Macbeth, and it was OK, but this novel adds a whole new dimension to the story that makes it much more intriguing. The characters Klein introduces and expands upon seem to blend perfectly with those already existing. I definitely recommend this book, no matter whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or not.
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I almost started hating Albia about halfway through. Her love for Fleance was baffling and her attitude was irksome. I think that Klein did a decent job adding to Shakespeare's tale - too bad I didn't like the heroine more.
rebecca191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this novel, set in 11th century Scotland, author Lisa Klein starts with the premise that Macbeth and his wife had a baby daughter, born with a deformed leg. Macbeth, in his anger that she was not the healthy son he longed for, left the infant to die. Lady Macbeth, not much more than a girl herself in a time when women had no power, was helpless to stop him, and grieves the death of her daughter as well as the subsequent pregnancies she loses, believing herself cursed. These losses shape her character and set the stage for the tragic events she later participates in. What neither of them know, however, is that their baby daughter did not die. She was saved by Lady Macbeth's serving woman, Rhuven, who took her to live with her sisters in the Wychelm Wood. The sisters name the child Albia, and the little girl grows up believing one of the sisters to be her mother. The years pass by peacefully, until the year Albia turns fifteen and great turmoil comes to Scotland. King Duncan is murdered, and Albia is sent to live with a foster family - Banquo, his wife Breda, and their son Fleance. And there is turmoil inside Albia as well - she is confused by her feelings for the attractive but maddening Fleance, and she longs to know the identity of her father. When she learns the truth about her heritage - and that her birth parents murdered the king in order to seize the throne - she struggles with her feelings of revulsion at what her parents have done and determines that she must destroy them and bring peace and justice to Scotland. Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a rather interesting and complex novel. It is mainly told from the point of view of Albia, although we also see some events from the point of view of Lady Macbeth. Her perspective, and the difficult life she lived, made her actions, wrong though they were, seem more understandable. Overall the story and the ending especially were rather thought-provoking, making me think a lot about the motivations of various characters, and wondering what happened afterwards. I would recommend this book to readers, young adult and older, who enjoy either historical fiction or unique retellings of Shakespeare's plays.
Soniamarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good for a YA novel. It is a version of William Shakespeare's MacBeth as told from the viewpoint of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's daughter if she had existed. It goes back and forth from Albia, the daughter (who was thrown to the wolves for being a cripple), and Grelach aka Lady MacBeth. Readers will see how MacBeth wrongfully attains the kingship of Scotland and how Grelach assisted him. There is a rebellion among the thanes as MacBeth starts to lose his mind due to the guilt he feels from his bloody actions. While the rebellion is rising against the king, Albia is being raised by some "witches" in the forest and she also has the "sight" or ability to see the future. Her "sight" plays a major role in the actions of MacBeth. When Albia is sent to live with a wealthy thane she falls in love with the nobelmans's son as well as learns her true parentage. She must deal with the knowledge that she is spawned from "monsters" and some deep emotional questions arise regarding forgiveness and revenge. She learns to yield a sword and hold a shield and these weapons of war as well as her sight and a horse and a few of her friends begin a journey to save Scotland from the mad king. The ending holds confrontations with both of her biological parents. Does Albia have the ability to forgive?Four stars instead of five because I have read Susan Fraser King's "Lady MacBeth" and preferred her version to this one. This one has both MacBeth and his wife appearing as greedy, power hungry tyrants when in actuality, MacBeth ruled a peaceful Scotland for 6 years. For the young adult crowd, however, this is a great re telling of the Shakepeare tale.
Jemima79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Lady Macbeth's Daughter Lisa Klein has written a beautiful story that is based on Shakespeare's Macbeth. She has imagined her tale based upon the idea of a lost daughter banished by Macbeth and raised by three sisters in the Wychelm Wood. Named Albia, this young girl does not know her true parents or the strange circumstances surrounding her origins. As she grows into her teenage years, Albia begins to piece together information about her past. It is difficult for her to come to terms with the crimes of her mother and father, but she realizes that she can make her own choices. She falls in love and eventually fights for what she believes is right for Scotland.Lisa Klein is a skilled writer with a talent for creating a mysterious atmosphere that pulled me into the story and had me wondering how it would all work out. It portrays the difficulties of growing up and distancing yourself from your childhood while recognizing and appreciating your loyalties. The themes are ones that would ring true with teenagers and young adults. The story was complex enough to keep me interested, but not too complex that it was hard to follow. I enjoyed the ending. Albia is a heroine that shows amazing courage and who puts the needs of her country before her own. In this way she is a true princess. I hope that young people who read Lady Macbeth's Daughter are also inspired to read Shakespeare's Macbeth.
WarriorLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book until the end. It felt like all the loose ends were tied up in a hurry.
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My fav book ever ive read it like 6 times
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Love this book its so super good!!!!!!
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