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Praise for New Boy:

“With breathtaking urgency, Chevalier brings Othello to a 1970s suburban elementary school outside Washington, D.C., where the playground is as rife with poisonous intrigue as any monarch’s court… Chevalier’s brilliantly concentrated and galvanizing improvisation thoroughly exposes the malignancy and tragedy of racism, sexism, jealousy, and fear.” —Booklist

“Chevalier smartly uses her narrative as an opportunity to spin a story commenting on racism in America.”—Publishers Weekly 

Othello as a Seventies schoolyard drama? Yes, it works marvellously. The emotions of emerging adolescence are a potent brew, with friendships, rivalries, budding sexuality, and the desire to fit in combining unflinchingly with the racism of the teachers (and some of the pupils). This is an evocative retelling of Shakespeare, and his characters’ interactions and motivations fit surprisingly well into the brutal world of childhood.” Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

“New Boy not only allows a better understanding of Othello the play, but also the continuing issues of racism in our society. Othello forces readers to consider how terrible it must have been for him to live among such racism in 16th-century Venice. Chevalier’s retelling brings it home and makes us question if our society today is really any better.” —National Post

Praise for Tracy Chevalier:

“Evokes entire landscapes…a master of voices.” 
New York Times Book Review 

“Chevalier’s signature talent lies in bringing alive the ordinary day-to-dayness of the past…lovingly evoked.” 

“Absorbing…[Chevalier] creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place.” 
The New Yorker 

“Chevalier’s ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver.” 
Entertainment Weekly 

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