Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novel is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project. It is a retelling of 'The Tempest' and is largely a story about revenge and second chances.
Atwood sets her novel in a prison where a program uses drama, specifically Shakespeare plays, as a tool for teaching literacy skills to inmates. We are seeing the action unfold from the point of view of the teacher who is plotting his own revenge against foes from his past.
The inmates create a production that integrates several very cleverly constructed raps into the play. I thought Atwood integrated the analysis of the play into the story--it is an assignment for the inmates to analyze their characters--was clever.
This book is both set in Canada and by a Canadian so I am counting it toward the 10th Canadian Book Challenge.