Cover image for Miranda in Milan / Katharine Duckett.
Miranda in Milan / Katharine Duckett.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor 2019.

Physical Description:
201 pages ; 21 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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With Miranda in Milan , debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare's The Tempest , casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling.

After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father's castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother's name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero's dark arts.

With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself.

"Love and lust, mothers and monsters, magicians and masked balls, all delivered with Shakespearean panache." --Nicola Griffith, author of Hild

" Miranda in Milan is somehow both utterly charming and perfectly sinister, and altogether delightful. A pleasure for any lover of romance, myth, and magic--whether or not they're fans of the Bard." --Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and I Am Princess X

Author Notes

KATHARINE DUCKETT's fiction has appeared in Uncanny Magazine , Apex Magazine , Interzone , PseudoPod , and various anthologies. She is also the guest fiction editor for the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy issue of Uncanny . She hails from East Tennessee, has lived in Turkey and Kazakhstan, and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she majored in minotaurs. Miranda in Milan is her first book. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her wife.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Prospero's daughter, Miranda, navigates a haunted-house landscape of witchcraft, secrets, and abuse in Duckett's gothic debut, a Tempest sequel that falls short of its progressive aims. Miranda is shunned for a ghostly resemblance to her mother, Beatrice, and her marriage to Ferdinand is delayed. She lurks, isolated, in Milan's castle until she falls in love with Dorothea, a Marrakech-born servant and witch. Together, they unravel the mystery of Prospero's exile and face his web of violent lies. Despite poetic prose, the narrative bogs down under arbitrary trauma-logic: circumstances and characterization-both Shakespeare's and Duckett's-warp to emphasize Miranda's helplessness and desperation, yet a bit of minimal effort undoes the entire purportedly terrifying scheme. Dorothea is a perpetually patient and brown-skinned caretaker-lover for hapless white Miranda, and their off-puttingly unequal romance undermines the book's postcolonialist talk; Miranda's eventual moral growth can't erase the exploitation of bedding the maid. Half rescue fantasy and half violent Gothic, this disturbing story forgets there's more to love than being deemed not a monster. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In this speculative, queer twist on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Miranda comes home to Milan but is not greeted as the prodigal child, soon-to-be queen of Ferdinand. Instead, as her father, Prospero, takes back control from her Uncle Antonio, Miranda becomes a virtual prisoner in the castle, treated as a monster. No one will talk to her, in fact, barely anyone can even look at her, and when she is taken out by her Aunt Agata, she is veiled or masked. But one maid, Dorothea, does not fear her. Dorothea shows Miranda the tunnels around the castle, and introduces her to feelings Miranda never imagined. As they explore the darkness, Miranda realizes there are secrets she has yet to uncover, and the truths may be more horrific than she ever imagined. It turns out that monsters and magic are real, but neither may be quite as expected. VERDICT This luxurious tale gives Miranda a path to self-discovery, wrapped in the dark magic and manipulations on display in the original play. Duckett turns this secondary character into a heroine on her own journey for truth.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.