Contemporary Novels Inspired by Shakespeare

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Adolescent angst and crises abound in Louisa Luna’s Brave New Girl — a play on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World, the title derived from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The snarky and raw coming-of-age novel sees outcast protagonist Doreen railing against her dysfunctional family and intensely bonding with best friend Ted over The Pixies. (The book gets a mention in Pixies documentary loudQUIETloud.) Sharing close ties with Holden Caulfield and Huxley’s disillusioned, erudite “Savage,” Doreen brings a redemptive, feminist air to The Tempest’s male sphere.