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While this is fairly impressive as a debut novel from writer Jess Winfield, I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Winfield alternates between a contemporary grad student names Willy Shakespeare and the Bard himself in Elizabethan Stratford, England. I thought this was effective at the outset of the novel, but it quickly made me feel at loose ends with both Shakespeare characters. Winfield, however, does an excellent job of portraying the original Shakespeare and the world he lived in, using cunning language and a believable cast of characters. I just wish he had invested more in the emotional life of the contemporary Willy so that the chaotic plot didn't seem so superfluous.