The Steep and Thorny Way (Hardcover)

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The Steep and Thorny Way  is a 1920's rethinking of Shakespeare's Hamlet. This book touches on so many issues that are still prominent today. Although it is set in the past, it directs us for the future. This story is creepy; ghosts and murderers seem to be everywhere, but 15 year old Hanallee continues to doubt them. The Steep and Thorny Way is an ingenious tale of adolescence, murder, and ghosts.

— Mia, TC Teen Advisory Board member


A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee's oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father's killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee's father wasn't killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him--who happens to be Hanalee's new stepfather.
The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a "haint" wandering the roads at night.

About the Author

Cat Winters is the author of The Cure for Dreaming and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419719158
ISBN-10: 1419719157
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English