Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

367 pages first pub 2020 (editions)

fiction historical literary emotional reflective sad medium-paced

Description

On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Straford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she...

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Moods

emotional 89%
sad 77%
reflective 60%
dark 20%
challenging 12%
mysterious 9%
tense 9%
informative 8%
inspiring 8%
hopeful 6%
adventurous 4%
relaxing 2%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

medium 52%
slow 43%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 68% | A mix: 25% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 15% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 78% | Yes: 8% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 44% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

4.24

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