The Turquoise Ring
By Grace Tiffany ’85M.A., ’89Ph.D. (Berkley Books)
In this skilled retelling of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the author uses the perspective of five women to offer a new view of the character Shylock. Shiloh ben Gozan, a moneylender, escapes the Spanish Inquisition with his infant daughter to live in Venice. He takes with him a turquoise ring, which is hidden, stolen, traded and eventually turns up in the hands of the rich heiress Portia.
This book marks the third of Tiffany’s celebrated historical fictions that plumb the world of Shakespeare’s time.