Books by Grace Tiffany

ARIEL by Grace Tiffany
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

A Tempest even more fantastic than the Bard's, yet oddly modern at its heart, Tiffany's story both soars and crashes. The author, a professor of English literature, creates a sprite who is pure dream, sprung from the head of a dying sailor, yet despite her considerable powers, Ariel is caught inside the Bermuda Triangle, which splits her island in half. She chafes against this boundary, and tries to convince the humans who arrive on the island to help her cross it—first Sycorax, who is more concerned with the imminent birth of her son Caliban, and later Prospero and his daughter Miranda. (In a throwaway piece of irony at the end, Christopher Columbus lands and Ariel begins to enchant him.) Tiffany's Prospero is a castaway farmer, not a sorcerer or a duke. His loving family has been searching for him; Caliban, Shakespeare's monster, is Miranda's gentle intelligent friend. All this turns Shakespeare upside down, but the new problems aren't big enough to hold the story. Ariel's unlikable and her plight uninteresting. Beautiful written, but in a teapot. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Engaging enough to whet the appetite of those readers unfamiliar with Shakespeare's family life and times, but there's no meat here for the more sophisticated. "
Shakespeare is hot, a fact shown not long ago by the success of Shakespeare In Love. Now Tiffany debuts with a strange little fantasy spotlighting the Bard's daughter Judith. Read full book review >