Henry Henry (Hardcover)

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Jo's April 2024 pick (2 of 2)

This book reads like a punch to the jaw.

Henry Henry is a bold, fresh take on Shakespeare's classic daddy issues plays. Allen Bratton’s Hal is messy, raw, and queer as hell. Not for the faint of heart, this reimagining of the Henriad explores the complex issues of family, legacy, and grief. 

— From Jo



"Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere..."

It's London, 2014, and Hal Lancaster, son and heir of Henry, Duke of Lancaster, is in a holding pattern: his mother is dead, his father is dying or remarrying or both, his siblings are fighting, his internship is pointless, and nobody will leave him alone.

Everything is as it should be and yet nothing is right. Over the course of a year of partying, drinking, and flirting to dubious consequence, Hal is tested by brutal family legacies, Catholic guilt, and the terrifying possibility of being loved. All of which is complicated by a pattern of abuse that threatens to chase Hal into adulthood. The House of Lancaster will never be the same.

Crackling with intelligence and wit, Henry Henry is a brilliant recasting of the Henriad in which Hal Lancaster is a queer protagonist for a new era. Allen Bratton arrives as a successor to Waugh and St. Aubyn with this lush, stylish novel of family, legacy, and what it means to be alive today.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781961884021
ISBN-10: 196188402X
Publisher: Unnamed Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 300
Language: English