The Steep And Thorny Way by Cat WintersThe Steep And Thorny Way by Cat Winters

The Steep And Thorny Way

byCat Winters

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

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A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.
The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

Cat Winters is the author of The Cure for Dreaming and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Title:The Steep And Thorny WayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419719157

ISBN - 13:9781419719158


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing 'Hamlet' may be one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, but this book just doesn't live up to the hype for me. It was an intriguing mystery, and it was interesting to see how the author played out the story, but it didn't draw me in and leave me breathless like I was expecting. Once I figured out who the murderer was it seemed obvious and cliché. I did appreciate this story for its realistic portrayal of black lives in the 1960s, a very real history that we should never forget. However, the book itself didn't thrill me, unfortunately. I would still recommend it to someone else; it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hamlet adaptation I've ever read So inventive and new. It was an instant buy for me
Date published: 2017-03-17

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This is genre-pushing historical fiction that will surprise and enlighten readers.