Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare

The Madness of Love: A Novelmadness

Katharine Davies’ debut novel lends a wistful, but enchanting air to her version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The comical, interconnected lives of an undercover bookstore clerk turned horticulturist, an eccentric piano teacher, and a dreamy — albeit grieving — teacher bloom in the forgotten garden of a seaside town. The heartsick madness dizzies a young student who copes with the intricacies of adolescence.