That way madness lies Fifteen of Shakespeare's most notable works reimagined

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, Emily Wibberley, Mark Oshiro, Kayla Ancrum, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lily Anderson, 1988-, A. R. Capetta, Dahlia Adler, Brittany Cavallaro, Kiersten White, Lindsay Smith, 1984-

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A collection of reimaginings of Shakespeare's plays and poetry by young adult authors.

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Subjects
Genres
Short stories
Short stories, American
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 326 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250753861
1250753864
Other Authors
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 (creator), Emily Wibberley (-), Mark Oshiro, Kayla Ancrum, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lily Anderson, 1988-, A. R. Capetta, Dahlia Adler, Brittany Cavallaro, Kiersten White, Lindsay Smith, 1984-
  • Introduction
  • Comedies. "Severe weather warning" /
  • by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, reimagining The tempest ; "Shipwrecked" /
  • by Mark Oshiro, Twelfth night ; "Taming of the soul mate" /
  • by K. Ancrum, The taming of the shrew ; "King of the fairies" /
  • by Anna-Marie McLemore, A midsummer night's dream ; "We have seen better days" /
  • by Lily Anderson, As you like it ; "Some other metal" /
  • by A. R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy, Much ado about nothing ; "I bleed" /
  • by Dahlia Adler, The merchant of Venice
  • A sonnet. "His invention" /
  • by Brittany Cavallaro, Sonnet 147
  • Tragedies. "Partying is such sweet sorrow" /
  • by Kiersten White, Romeo and Juliet ; "Dreaming of the dark" /
  • by Lindsay Smith, Julius Caesar ; "The tragedy of Cory Lanez: an oral history" /
  • by Tochi Onyebuchi, Coriolanus ; "Out of the storm" /
  • by Joy McCullough, King Lear ; "Elsinore" by Patrice Caldwell, Hamlet ; "We fail" /
  • by Samantha Mabry, Macbeth
  • Late romance. "Lost girl" /
  • by Melissa Bashardoust, The winter's tale.
  • Severe weather warning /
  • by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
  • Shipwrecked /
  • by Mark Oshiro
  • King of the fairies /
  • by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Taming of the soulmate /
  • by K. Ancrum
  • We have seen better days /
  • by Lily Anderson
  • Some other metal /
  • by Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy
  • I bleed /
  • by Dahlia Adler
  • His invention /
  • by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Partying is such sweet sorrow /
  • by Kiersten White
  • Dreaming of the dark /
  • by Lindsay Smith
  • The Tragedy of Cory Lanez /
  • by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Elsinore /
  • by Patrice Caldwell
  • Out of the storm /
  • by Joy McCullough
  • We fail /
  • by Samantha Mabry
  • Lost girl /
  • by Melissa Bashardoust.
Review by Booklist Reviews

A girl and her cousin relive camp memories as they search the woods for her dad in a story inspired by As You Like It. Teenage romance sparks around warring schools, not families, in a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. These are two of the narratives that make up this short-story collection that puts a YA spin on the Bard's classics. Beyond exploring Shakespearean themes through the eyes of Gen Z, the collection also seeks, as explained by editor Adler, to reimagine an inarguably brilliant but very white and very straight canon, meaning these pages are populated with people of color and queer characters. Readers can look forward to contributions from such authors as Patrice Caldwell, Tochi Onyebuchi, Samantha Mabry, Mark Oshiro, and Anna-Marie McLemore. That Way Madness Lies is a must-read for theater kids ready to consider their favorite comedies and tragedies in a new light, as well as Shakespeare skeptics who might be more willing to warm up to William if his story of star-crossed lovers involved an incredibly high-stakes text chain. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

A girl and her cousin relive camp memories as they search the woods for her dad in a story inspired by As You Like It. Teenage romance sparks around warring schools, not families, in a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. These are two of the narratives that make up this short-story collection that puts a YA spin on the Bard's classics. Beyond exploring Shakespearean themes through the eyes of Gen Z, the collection also seeks, as explained by editor Adler, to reimagine an inarguably brilliant but very white and very straight canon, meaning these pages are populated with people of color and queer characters. Readers can look forward to contributions from such authors as Patrice Caldwell, Tochi Onyebuchi, Samantha Mabry, Mark Oshiro, and Anna-Marie McLemore. That Way Madness Lies is a must-read for theater kids ready to consider their favorite comedies and tragedies in a new light, as well as Shakespeare skeptics who might be more willing to warm up to William if his story of star-crossed lovers involved an incredibly high-stakes text chain. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Thoughtfully curated by Adler (His Hideous Heart), this sumptuous anthology reframes Shakespeare's work, linking themes to contemporary concerns while bringing a critical eye to the originals' cultural assumptions. Anna-Marie McLemore's "King of the Fairies" refocuses A Midsummer Night's Dream to reveal the experience of the brown-skinned changeling at the center of Titania and Oberon's quarrel. Adler's "I Bleed" transposes The Merchant of Venice into the tale of a Jewish high schooler forced to deal with a menacing white supremacist classmate. Other pieces set in contemporary U.S. high schools include "We Fail," Samantha Mabry's haunting, Macbeth-inspired tale of football rivalry in small-town Texas, and Kiersten White's "Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow," which conveys Romeo and Juliet solely through text messages. Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy's "Some Other Metal" follows two bickering members of a space-hopping acting troupe, who sort out their feelings while performing in Much Ado About Nothing. Riffing on the names of Coriolanus and real-life rapper Tory Lanez, Tochi Onyebuchi assembles "The Tragedy of Cory Lanez" in a music magazine multi-person interview. With its range of narrative styles and diverse protagonists, this collection offers much to savor. Ages 12–up. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Thoughtfully curated by Adler (His Hideous Heart), this sumptuous anthology reframes Shakespeare's work, linking themes to contemporary concerns while bringing a critical eye to the originals' cultural assumptions. Anna-Marie McLemore's "King of the Fairies" refocuses A Midsummer Night's Dream to reveal the experience of the brown-skinned changeling at the center of Titania and Oberon's quarrel. Adler's "I Bleed" transposes The Merchant of Venice into the tale of a Jewish high schooler forced to deal with a menacing white supremacist classmate. Other pieces set in contemporary U.S. high schools include "We Fail," Samantha Mabry's haunting, Macbeth-inspired tale of football rivalry in small-town Texas, and Kiersten White's "Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow," which conveys Romeo and Juliet solely through text messages. Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy's "Some Other Metal" follows two bickering members of a space-hopping acting troupe, who sort out their feelings while performing in Much Ado About Nothing. Riffing on the names of Coriolanus and real-life rapper Tory Lanez, Tochi Onyebuchi assembles "The Tragedy of Cory Lanez" in a music magazine multi-person interview. With its range of narrative styles and diverse protagonists, this collection offers much to savor. Ages 12–up. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Queer and diverse, this Shakespeare anthology takes 15 of the Bard's most iconic works and builds an eclectic collection that successfully subverts the original white heteronormative canon. The anthology juggles an array of voices and genres, with several standouts stealing the show: K. Ancrum's banter and soul-searching in "Taming of a Soul Mate," Kiersten White's text message reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet in "Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow," and the fairy-tale yearning Melissa Bashardoust imbues in her The Winter's Tale retelling "Lost Girl." Not every entry will appeal to all readers, but Adler curates a wide-ranging collection in which there is something for everyone. Each author takes on a different style and tone, from the deeply poetic prose of Brittany Cavallaro's "His Invention" (Sonnet 147) to the bare-bones script formatting of Joy McCollough's "Out of the Storm" (King Lear). Some stories feel unfinished, with rushed beginnings or too-open ends, which forces readers familiar with the source material to surmise the missing pieces. Not every tale adheres to the Bard's work, but for all their differences, each selection features themes of identity and community, tying the stories together and highlighting the Bard's idiosyncrasies. The authors often change the race, gender, and sexual orientation of characters in their stories, creating diverse and nuanced worlds reflective of real society. VERDICT Built-in curriculum potential and excellent representation mean school libraries in particular will find this anthology a worthy purchase.—Emmy Neal, Lake Forest Lib., IL Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Queer and diverse, this Shakespeare anthology takes 15 of the Bard's most iconic works and builds an eclectic collection that successfully subverts the original white heteronormative canon. The anthology juggles an array of voices and genres, with several standouts stealing the show: K. Ancrum's banter and soul-searching in "Taming of a Soul Mate," Kiersten White's text message reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet in "Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow," and the fairy-tale yearning Melissa Bashardoust imbues in her The Winter's Tale retelling "Lost Girl." Not every entry will appeal to all readers, but Adler curates a wide-ranging collection in which there is something for everyone. Each author takes on a different style and tone, from the deeply poetic prose of Brittany Cavallaro's "His Invention" (Sonnet 147) to the bare-bones script formatting of Joy McCollough's "Out of the Storm" (King Lear). Some stories feel unfinished, with rushed beginnings or too-open ends, which forces readers familiar with the source material to surmise the missing pieces. Not every tale adheres to the Bard's work, but for all their differences, each selection features themes of identity and community, tying the stories together and highlighting the Bard's idiosyncrasies. The authors often change the race, gender, and sexual orientation of characters in their stories, creating diverse and nuanced worlds reflective of real society. VERDICT Built-in curriculum potential and excellent representation mean school libraries in particular will find this anthology a worthy purchase.—Emmy Neal, Lake Forest Lib., IL Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A collection of reimaginings of Shakespeare's plays and poetry by young adult authors.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An anthology of modern retellings of 15 favorite Shakespeare classics includes Dahlia Adler’s reimagining of The Merchant of Venice, Kayla Ancrum’s adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew and Joy McCullough’s alternate interpretation of King Lear. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In That Way Madness Lies, fifteen acclaimed writers put their modern spin on William Shakespeare’s celebrated classics! “From comedy to tragedy to sonnet, from texts to storms to prom, this collection is a knockout.” —BuzzFeed.comWest Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (As You Like It), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter’s Tale), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), A. R. Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).