With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling.
After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts.
With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself.
“Love and lust, mothers and monsters, magicians and masked balls, all delivered with Shakespearean panache.” ― Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
“Miranda in Milan is somehow both utterly charming and perfectly sinister, and altogether delightful. A pleasure for any lover of romance, myth, and magic ― whether or not they're fans of the Bard.” ― Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and I Am Princess X
“Glorious and transformative, this may not be the continuation Shakespeare intended, but it is the one that we deserve.” ― Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway
“Miranda in Milan is a wondrous tale that turns Shakepeare's world sideways, to reveal everything he left out ― and to show us that the greatest magic comes from claiming your freedom.” ― Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky
“This book is for everybody who ever wondered if the wizard Prospero maybe wasn't that great of a dad. Delightful!” ― Elizabeth Bear, author of Karen Memory
Katharine Duckett's fiction has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Interzone, PseudoPod, and various anthologies. She is also the guest fiction editor for the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy issue of Uncanny. She hails from East Tennessee, has lived in Turkey and Kazakhstan, and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she majored in minotaurs. Miranda in Milan is her first book. In addition to writing, Katharine works as the Publicity Manager for Tor.com Publishing. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her wife.