There are few opportunities for young Susanna Shakespeare, even as the daughter of the most famous playright in all of England. So Susanna keeps a journal, but she must keep it hidden-her secrets about her family's Catholicism could codemn her family to death. Still, Susanna longs to one day join her father in London, where theatre has not yet been outlawed by the Protestants, and perform her own play on stage.
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"Bianca Amato's calm, elegant tone graciously carries listeners through one turbulent year in the life of 14-year-old Susanna Shakespeare. In diary format she thoughtfully recounts life as the eldest child of England's most famous playwright and actor. It's 1597; devotion to Catholicism is considered treason, and the Shakespeares secretly practice the old faith. Amato renders an accurate portrayal of the range of emotions that accompany the secret life of a young girl coming of age--from fear and a sense of betrayal when a family member is arrested to the joy of first love. Amato's voice has a mature quality that does not match that of an adolescent but is heartfelt and engaging nonetheless. K.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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