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The August Book Club – A Rose By Any Other Name by Mary McMyne

August 22 @ 7:00 pm EDT


We’re still way ahead of the game on announcing book clubs this summer, and we’re not stopping now! On August 22nd, we’ll meet to discuss Mary McMyne’s new novel A Rose By Any Other Name… and Mary herself will be joining us!

Y’all, this book has got Shakespeare, witchcraft, masques, and so much more – you’re going to LOVE it!!

Here’s the description:

My name has only been whispered, heretofore…

England, 1591. Rose Rushe’s passion for life runs deep—she loves mead and music, meddles with astrology, and laughs at her mother’s warnings to guard her reputation. When Rose’s father dies and a noble accuses her and her dear friend Cecely of witchcraft, they flee to the household of respected alchemists in London. But as their bond deepens, their sanctuary begins to feel more like a cage. To escape, they turn to the occult, secretly casting charms and selling astrological advice in the hopes of building a life together. This thriving underground business leads Rose to fair young noble Henry and playwright Will Shakespeare, and so begins a brief, tempestuous, and powerful romance—one filled with secret longings and deep betrayals.

In this world of dazzling masques and decadent feasts, where the stars decide futures, Rose will write her own fate instead.

From the author of The Book of Gothel comes the lush, magical story behind Shakespeare’s sonnets, as told by one of his most famous subjects—the incendiary and mysterious Dark Lady.”

Can you even??

Here are some reviews:

“A fascinating fictional exposé [with] a touch of mysticism and an LGBTQ twist.”Booklist (starred review)

“A delightfully impish heroine… a tempestuous erotic connection… a captivating imagining of the life of the Dark Lady, the illusive inspiration for Shakespeare’s later sonnets.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

If you would like to join us, make sure you’re on the $7+ tier on our Patreon for the month of August!


August 22
7:00 pm EDT
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