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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Without question the cleverest ‘neo-Shakespearean novel’ I have ever read…wonderfully ingenious.”

    Times (London)

  • “Atwood has designed an ingenious doubling of the plot of The Tempest."

    Washington Post

  • “An entertaining romp of revenge [and] redemption.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Part Shakespeare, part Atwood, Hag-Seed is a most delicate monster—and that’s ‘delicate’ in the seventeenth-century sense. It’s delightful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The book illuminates the breadth and depth of the whole play. The troupe’s workshops on it fizz with perception as Atwood transmits the pleasurable buzz of exploring a literary masterpiece. There won’t be a more glowing tribute to Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “One needn’t be a Shakespeare fan in order to love this retelling of The Tempest…This book is funny and wonderful. Highly recommended for Shakespeare lovers and those seeking revenge.

    Seattle Book Review

  • “Narrator R. H. Thomson…the veteran Canadian actor, is marvelous as all of the characters…Thomson brings the members of the cast to life with subtle vocal changes that capture all the novel’s humor. He even salvages some awkward dialogue that would have fallen flat in the hands of a lesser narrator.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Audiobooks of 2016
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