Can’t help but be over the moon that the reprint rights to my story “Duty,” have just sold in a six figure deal! “Duty” is from my collection of short stories Her Infinite Variety: Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved, which imagines stories from the points of view of women from Shakespeare’s life and plays. In it, Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, reveals her secret past and her thoughts and memories as she stands outside the Capulet tomb where Juliet has died with Romeo. The deal is for renewal of rights to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to use the story in their nationally leading ELA curriculum Collections. I’ve done some great school visits to high school classes to talk about this story with the students!
If you're reading "Duty," I would LOVE to Skype with your class! Just email me at email@example.com.
Praise for Pam's books:
Her Infinite Variety: Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved (Scribner):
"What a brave piece of work, to imagine Shakespeare's women . . . a book to stimulate the imagination and remind us of the richness of the Bard's legacy."
-- Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue
The Falling Nun and Other Stories (Scribner):
"Every story in Pamela Rafael Berkman’s new collection is thoroughly engaging because her vivid, angled characters always manage to snag us on their jagged hopes and fears."
-- Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
"The rituals of young urban women (office games, TV watching, parties, dating) mesh with darker ceremonies (tattooing, witchcraft, self-mutilation) in this collection of 12 fresh and vibrant stories....Berkman (Her Infinite Variety) has an uncanny understanding of a particular contemporary subclass of young women and captures them empathically and vividly."
-- Publishers Weekly