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William Shakespeare's Othello Retold: A Novel
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare, Book 5
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare’s Othello - a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge - to a 1970s era elementary school playground. 

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds - Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant "girlfriend" Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying, and betrayal will leave you reeling. 

©2017 Tracy Chevalier (P)2017 Random House Audio

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terrible ending

I have enjoyed other books from this author however this book really makes me reevaluate my choice if listening to any more of her books. I appreciate the reality of some of the story but I found as the book went on that I cannot stand the negativity of it.