Juliet's Nurse

Juliet's Nurse

Book - 2014
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A revelatory take on the world's best-known love story: Juliet's Nurse combines a prequel to Romeo and Juliet with a fresh vision of the events in the play, all through the eyes of Juliet's ever-present wet nurse, Angelica, who tells a passionate tale of the deepest love in Verona--the love between a grieving woman and her precious milk-daughter. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo has by far the greatest number of lines, followed by Juliet. And who has the third most? Juliet's wet nurse. What did Shakespeare see in her? Lois Leveen's new novel is the vividly imagined, utterly intriguing answer to this question. Angelica is still grieving the loss of her own day-old infant when she must leave her loving husband to enter the household of the wealthy Cappelletti family to care for their newborn baby. Mourning her own daughter, Angelica takes immense comfort in nurturing Juliet, but soon finds herself embedded in the rivalries and jealousies of the Capellettis, where sweet, 10-year-old Tybalt, cousin to Juliet, serves as her one ally. Fourteen years later, as the family's secrets--and the nurse's own deep losses--at last bubble to the surface, five momentous days of love and tragedy destroy a girl, and a family. Juliet's Nurse takes us beyond the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet into a very different story, revealing the love, loss and resilience that is the heart of human experience.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2014.
ISBN: 9780345813992
Characteristics: 364 pages.


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Jul 20, 2015

I really enjoyed the language of the book. She did a good job of incorporating Shakespearean wording and some directly from the original play. Also, it reads as if she thoroughly researched medieval life to create a realistic world deeper than that of the original "Romeo and Juliet" where much of the background is taken for granted.

Jun 22, 2015

Boring, too wordy. It was interesting but after just over 100 pages I skimmed through it. The end, I liked what the nurse said.

Jul 21, 2014

Leveen excels at taking someone little known in history (first, in real life, with Mary Bowser, and now, in fiction, with the nurse from ROMEO & JULIET) and developing a fascinating world for them to live in. While the second half of the book, where we see the events in the play -- and the characters -- from a completely different perspective, is wonderful, I most enjoyed the first half, where the story focuses on the every day life of Juliet, her family, and her nurse, and the development of Tybalt as a character. Guaranteed to be a great book club book, as there is much to discuss.

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