Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy is a new spin on Shakespeare’s Othello. The whole tale takes place in an elementary school in 1970s Washington D.C. All the regular players are there, Othello (“O”), Desdemona (“Dee”), Iago (“Ian”), Cassio (“Casper”), and so on.
I loved how straight-to-the-point Chevalier’s take was. It made for a fun, enjoyable read.
Knocking the age range down to elementary school provides an interesting challenge for the author, one that she handled beautifully.
While this was different than what I’m used to seeing from Chevalier, it was a pleasant surprise!