|Published October 6, 2016.|
Her novel is part of the Hogarth Project, a series of novels retelling Shakespeare plays as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's works.
This novel's protagonist is Felix, a long-time director of a community theater in Canada.
Because Felix is in late midlife, the novel addresses themes such as working through relationships with younger professionals, confronting memories of past decades, and trying to shape one's own legacy.
Published the year Atwood turned 77, the novel contains a richness in depicting midlife and late life that novels with mature characters often lack.
The start of the novel begins with Felix foolishly handing over a lot of the control of financing and politicking to an assistant director, Tony, who uses that power to usurp Felix, who believed he could maintain power by focusing only on the creative aspects of theater.
During his "exile" from the theater, Felix must decide how to rebuild his career and decide how to address Tony's treachery.