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The King of Infinite Space
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In this lush, magical, queer, and feminist take on Hamlet in modern-day New York City, a neuro-atypical philosopher, along with his best friend Horatio and artist ex-fiancé Lia, are caught up in the otherworldly events surrounding the death of his father.
Meet Ben Dane: brilliant, devastating, devoted, honest to a fault (truly, a fault). His Broadway theater baron father is dead—but by purpose or accident? The question rips him apart.
Unable to face alone his mother's ghastly remarriage to his uncle, Ben turns to his dearest friend, Horatio Patel, whom he hasn't seen since their relationship changed forever from platonic to something...other. Loyal to a fault (truly, a fault), Horatio is on the first flight to NYC when he finds himself next to a sly tailor who portends inevitable disaster. And who seems ominously like an architect of mayhem himself.
Meanwhile, Ben's ex-fiancé Lia, sundered her from her loved ones thanks to her addiction recovery and torn from her art, has been drawn into the fold of three florists from New Orleans—seemingly ageless sisters who teach her the language of flowers, and whose magical bouquets hold both curses and cures. For a price.
On one explosive night these kinetic forces will collide, and the only possible outcome is death. But in the masterful hands of Lyndsay Faye, the story we all know has abundant surprises in store. Impish, captivating, and achingly romantic, this is Hamlet as you've never seen it before.
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Lyndsay Faye. (2021). The King of Infinite Space. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Meet Ben Dane: brilliant, devastating, devoted, honest to a fault (truly, a fault). His Broadway theater baron father is dead—but by purpose or accident? The question rips him apart.
Unable to face alone his mother's ghastly remarriage to his uncle, Ben turns to his dearest friend, Horatio Patel, whom he hasn't seen since their relationship changed forever from platonic to something...other. Loyal to a fault (truly, a fault), Horatio is on the first flight to NYC when he finds himself next to a sly tailor who portends inevitable disaster. And who seems ominously like an architect of mayhem himself.
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In this lush, magical, queer, and feminist take on Hamlet in modern-day New York City, a neuro-atypical philosopher, along with his best friend Horatio and artist ex-fiancé Lia, are caught up in the otherworldly events surrounding the death of his father.
Meet Ben Dane: brilliant, devastating, devoted, honest to a fault (truly, a fault). His Broadway theater baron father is dead—but by purpose or accident? The question rips him apart.
Unable to face alone his mother's ghastly remarriage to his uncle, Ben turns to his dearest friend, Horatio Patel, whom he hasn't seen since their relationship changed forever from platonic to something...other. Loyal to a fault (truly, a fault), Horatio is on the first flight to NYC when he finds himself next to a sly tailor who portends inevitable disaster. And who seems ominously like an architect of mayhem himself.
Meanwhile, Ben's ex-fiancé Lia, sundered her from her loved ones thanks to her addiction recovery and torn from her art, has been drawn into the fold of three florists from New Orleans—seemingly ageless sisters who teach her the language of flowers, and whose magical bouquets hold both curses and cures. For a price.
On one explosive night these kinetic forces will collide, and the only possible outcome is death. But in the masterful hands of Lyndsay Faye, the story we all know has abundant surprises in store. Impish, captivating, and achingly romantic, this is Hamlet as you've never seen it before.
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        March 1, 2021

        In this contemporary reenvisioning of Hamlet, caustically honest New Yorker Ben Dane mourns his recently deceased Broadway theater father, scorns his mother's quick remarriage to his uncle, and wonders what really caused his father's death. Best friend (maybe more?) Horatio Patel and Ben's former fianc�e, Lia, lend a hand. It all ends bloodily, so maybe not such a detour for Edgar nominee Faye.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        May 15, 2021
        Faye's latest is not only a richly realized mash-up of mystery and fantasy, it's also a clever pastiche of Hamlet. Faye's protagonist, Ben, is an American, not a Dane, although his last name is Dane. His father, Jackson Dane, founder of the World Stage Theater, is dead, presumably a suicide, though when Ben discovers a video of his father saying that his brother, Claude, is trying to kill him, the son is convinced his father was murdered and, together with best friend, Horatio, who is gay and in love with Ben, sets out to prove it. In the meantime, Uncle Claude has, with unseemly haste, married Ben's mother, Claude's sister-in-law. But what of Ophelia? Well, Lia, Ben's ex-fianc�e is working for three weird sisters (pace, Macbeth), who are florists. Part of their circle is a malicious mischief-maker named Robin Goodfellow (hello, A Midsummer Night's Dream). The four seem to have unusual powers. But back to Ben and Horatio, who, after all, share the spotlight. Ben is brilliant (though given to popping too many pills), a master of paradox, physics, and philosophy; Horatio, an Anglo-Indian, is stalwart and faithful. Their evolving relationship is brilliantly realized, as, for that matter, is the entire book, which is, alas, ever faithful to the original, which is, remember, a tragedy. The curtain falls.

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        June 1, 2021
        Ophelia finally gets some agency in this contemporary reboot of Hamlet--with a few characters from other Shakespearean works thrown in for good measure. When she was engaged to Benjamin Dane (the novel's Hamlet character), Lia was an alcoholic performance artist. Now, after their very bad, very final breakup, she creates flower arrangements for the Three Sisters Floral Boutique, managed by a trio of strange ladies who might well have wandered in from Macbeth and who seem to put those bouquets to magical use. Lia also finds herself appearing in Ben's dreams as he anguishes over the recent death of his father, owner of the New World's Stage Theatre, and the swift remarriage of his mother, Trudy, to brother-in-law Claude. To help him prove Dad wasn't a suicide, Ben summons his grad school buddy Horatio, who's still getting over the one-night stand with Ben that sent him scurrying back to London. The upending of gender stereotypes continues: Claude seems too much of a nonentity to be a murderer while it's increasingly apparent that smooth-as-silk Trudy will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Benjamin's philosophical ramblings, unfortunately, make it obvious that contemporary prose rarely has the savor of Shakespeare's verse, but Bardolators will enjoy the clever changes Faye rings on his storylines and characters. (Robin Goodfellow is far more sinister than he was in Midsummer Night's Dream.) Readers attracted to the book by Faye's stellar track record with historical mysteries will find she's got the same knack for wicked surprises that she demonstrated in her terrific trilogy about 19th-century NYC "copper star" Timothy Wilde (The Fatal Flame, 2015, etc.). She dishes out two fabulous plot twists: one very much in keeping with the original Hamlet, one that reveals Machiavellian hidden depths in a bloviating minor character. The ending is just as bloody as Shakespeare's and nearly as poignant. Smart and suspenseful; top-notch popular fiction.

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