Namesake by Sue MacLeodNamesake by Sue MacLeod


bySue MacLeod

Paperback | April 15, 2013

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It started with a history project. Mr. Gregor assigned a research paper on a figure from the Tudor era, and of course Jane Grey had to pick her namesake - Lady Jane Grey, the fifteen-year-old girl whose parents schemed to place her on the throne of England, then abandoned her to face the executioner. The project is engrossing from the start, but when Jane opens a mysterious prayer book and finds herself in the Tower of London in 1553, she finds herself literally drawn into her namesake's story.Soon, Jane is slipping into the past whenever the present becomes too unbearable, avoiding her mother's demands, her best friend's fickleness, her crush's indifference. In the Tower she plays chess with the imprisoned Lady Jane, awed by her new friend's strength and courage. And it is in the Tower, keeping vigil as the day of the execution draws near, that Jane learns that she, too, must have the courage to fight for her own happiness.
Sue MacLeod has filled her career with the written word, working as a writer, an editor, and a library assistant. Born to a military family, Sue moved many times throughout her childhood but always felt rooted in Nova Scotia, where her family returned each summer. That rootedness is apparent in her two books of poetry and in her novel ...
Title:NamesakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.05 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 15, 2013Publisher:Pajama Press Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1927485290

ISBN - 13:9781927485293

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slip Sliding Away … with Lady Jane Grey I have just finished reading Namesake, published this month by Pajama Press. This is Sue MacLeod’s debut novel and I am entirely impressed. The story is believable, beautifully crafted, and balanced. The depth and strength of the prose is not surprising once you learn that Sue MacLeod is a poet with two collections to her name. But what amazes me is the skill with which MacLeod moves her characters through their individual emotional journeys. The plotting is superb. As to the means of travel, rather than hopping aboard some clunky time-travel contraption, our main character, Jane Grey, slip slides away. Her contrivance is a prayer book—more precisely, an antique copy of the Booke of Prayre, which turns out to be the personal property of one Lady Jane Grey. Our modern-day Jane Grey is a lonely and anxious teen. Her mother is an alcoholic who hasn’t been there for her only child in any meaningful way since Dad died in a road accident. There is another Jane Grey who is equally, if not more, lonely and anxious. Lady Jane Grey has had her nine days on the throne. She is, unbeknownst to her when she first meets her namesake, scheduled for a meeting with the headsman’s axe. How these two similar yet very different people become friends and give one another courage to face their separate lives is the substance of the story. This book is one I will read again, simply because the writing is so masterful. I am looking forward to reading many more fine books from the pen of Sue MacLeod.
Date published: 2013-05-13

Editorial Reviews

The history is true, the twists unique and the touches of humour and romance are heart-warming. - CanLit for LittleCanadians - 20130514