…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very notnormal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)
Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway
land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect
Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud going back
nearly five hundred years. Is that why is the mysterious, eye
patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler
Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a
friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in the tomb of that bald guy with the goatee? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?
a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the
realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle
Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters in what is truly “an
improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.
Malinenko, a self-proclaimed Bardolator, took her first pilgrimage to
Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since. Her poetry
book, The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press. She blogs at
allymalinenko.com. Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband.