by Lisa Klein
Ophelia is a wild girl without a mother to guide her or love from her distracted father. When her dear brother, Laertes, and his friend Hamlet go away to school, Ophelia's father sends her to be a lady in waiting for the queen. In court life, Ophelia learns to be a lady and learns that life in court is more treacherous than it seems on the surface. Years pass, and Prince Hamlet returns to discover that Ophelia has grown into a lovely woman, but that political plotting is undermining the peace in Denmark. Following the story of Ophelia's life before and after the events in the play, this is a wonderful revisionist look behind the speeches and actions we see in the Shakespearean play.