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The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L’Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught by her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-year-old widow. She has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that changes when the family’s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country, leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil. 

At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Coarse, quick-witted, and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor, but when she learns he is a poet, and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever. 

Inventive and absorbing, The Tutor is a masterful work of historical fiction, casting Shakespeare in a light we’ve never seen.

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  • “Chapin’s debut novel imagines the shaky romance between a widow and her nephews’ tutor, a budding actor and poet named William Shakespeare, against the background of family strife and religious persecution in 16th-century England…Chapin’s inaugural work offers a fun portrait of Shakespeare as a cad.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Debut novelist Chapin has crafted a fascinating and masterly background to Shakespeare’s first published work, the narrative poem Venus and Adonis…Fans of historical fiction writers such as Philippa Gregory, Rosalind Miles, and Anne Easter Smith won’t want to miss this one.”

    Library Journal

  • “Chapin sets the stage for a smart and charming work of historical fiction. Using blank spaces in Shakespeare’s biography and the facts of his oeuvre, Chapin makes her heroine co-creator of ‘Venus and Adonis’…An elegant entertainment and an impressive debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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    " I had a difficult time at first following the beginning. But found it enjoyable in the end. "

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About the Author

Andrea Chapin is a writer, editor, and former actress. She is the coeditor of the anthology The Honeymoon’s Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage, and Divorce, and has been an editor at magazines including the Paris Review, Conjunctions, and the New Theater Review. She has written for MORE, Redbook, Self, Martha Stewart Living, and Town & Country. She has served on the readers committee for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Chapin lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.