Oh, man. This is a retelling of Hamlet set in the 1920s, and it has EVERYTHING. A female biracial lead! An LGBT secondary character! The KKK! Eugenics! Prohibition! Bootlegging! And it's great. Everything about it is SO 1920s, but not in an annoying, over-the-top kind of way -- just in an awesome way (a perfect example of this is that the one time stereotypical '20s slang makes an appearance, it is met with amusement and eyerolls). It's a great Shakespeare retelling, and it's heavy stuff, but it differs enough from the original that it ends up not going where you think it's going to go, and it's the better for it. This is the second Hamlet retelling I've read in the past month (the other being Ian McEwan's latest, Nutshell), and I'm sorry, literary snobs -- but this one is better. It's moving and page-turning and really, really good.

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