Classics Retold

New Boy / Tracy Chevalier

Starting his fifth school in five years, Osei Kokote, a diplomat’s son, hoping to survive his first day becomes friends with Dee, the most popular girl in school, but Ian is determined to destroy the budding friendship. (Othello)

Hyde: a novel / Daniel Levine

Describes the horror classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the perspective of the monster, through his hazy knowledge of the back streets of Victorian London, the missing girls and the evidence that amounts against him.

Northanger Abbey / Val McDermid

In this modern retelling of Austen’s classic, bookish minister’s daughter Cat Morland joins her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falls for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets. (Northanger Abbey)

Circe: a novel / Madeline Miller

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals. (The Odyssey)

Boy, Snow, Bird / Helen Oyeyemi

A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American.

Eligible: a novel / Curtis Sittenfeld

Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions, and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon. (Pride & Prejudice)

Vinegar Girl: the taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.

Tangerine: [a novel] / Christine Mangan

Arriving in Tangier with her new husband only to encounter the estranged best friend she has not seen in more than a year, Alice allows her friend to introduce her to the rhythms and culture of Morocco, only to be quickly stifled by the woman’s controlling nature, a situation that turns sinister when her husband goes missing. (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Macbeth / Jo Nesbø

A modern retelling of Macbeth is set in a run-down industrial town in the 1970s and follows the efforts of a popular but increasingly corrupt police officer and his calculating casino owner girlfriend to work with a powerful local drug dealer to murder a professional rival and set up his best friend. (Macbeth)

All the Ever Afters: the untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother / Danielle Teller

A reimagining of the classic fairy tale, presented from the stepmother’s perspective, traces her escape from a life of harsh servitude before single motherhood forces her to take a job as a nursemaid to an otherworldly infant, who eventually becomes her stepdaughter and a princess celebrated for her beauty. (Cinderella)

Mary B: a novel / Katherine J. Chen

The awkward middle child of five, Mary Bennet, who loses herself in the secret pleasures of reading and writing in 19th-century England, soon discovers that her fictional creations are no match for the very real scandal, tragedy and romance that come into her life. (Pride & Prejudice)

Longbourn / Jo Baker

A novel whose principal characters are the servants in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (Pride & Prejudice)

Sky Without Stars / Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

This sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre. (Les Misérables)

A Thousand Acres / Jane Smiley

Larry Cook, an Iowan farmer who has worked a thousand-acre plot owned by his family for generations, abruptly decides to leave his farm to his three daughters and retire. His two eldest daughters are pleased with the decision, but his youngest daughter has been cut out by her father and is angry. As the daughters’ activity on the land progresses, they notice a change in their father. Events begin to unfold that will threaten and destroy the family and their farm. (King Lear)

The Flight of Gemma Hardy: a novel / Margot Livesey

When her widower father drowns at sea, Gemma Hardy is taken from her native Iceland to Scotland to live with her kind uncle and his family. But the death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest at Yew House. (Jane Eyre)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. (Hamlet)