Prospero’s Daughter

African/African-American Interest, Fiction
  • * New York Times Editors’ Choice

  • * Florida Center for the Literary Arts One Book, One Community selection

Prospero’s Daughter is a brilliantly conceived, contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in a lush Caribbean island that was formerly a leper colony and an American military base. It is the story of a boy and a girl who come of age and commit the ultimate taboo, unfolding against a backdrop of intensely relevant questions of race, class, and power. New York Times Book Review comments that Prospero’s Daughter is a “gripping and richly imagined novel…. Nunez, who is a master at pacing and plotting, explores the motivations behind Caliban’s outburst, hatching an entirely new story that is inspired by Shakespeare, but not beholden to him…The key to [Nunez’s] exoneration of Caliban: give the women on the island a voice.”