Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before - supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years - a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.
"Macbeth and Hamlet are the primary targets of examination, but the inmates take fresh approaches to several plays." (Booklist)
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Stunning and Disturbing
Can't really name one thing...it all worked together to make a great story.
Henrietta Lack's story had a similar effect on me. The stories are so intriguing and to know they are true stories leaves me speechless.
She's got a lovely voice, and can take on different characters without a hitch.
Yes. Neither laugh nor cry just left me stunned.
Highly recommend. This is a world I would never ever venture into. Laura Bates does a terrific job of ushering us (safely from our comfy armchairs) through a difficult and dangerous world.
- Beatrice Berk
Shakespeare Fan or Not-worth the listen