Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeareâ€™s Othelloâ€”a harrowing drama of jealousy and revengeâ€”to a 1970s era elementary school playground.
Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomatâ€™s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first dayâ€”so heâ€™s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student canâ€™t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key playersâ€”teachers and pupils alikeâ€”will never be the same again.
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year oldsâ€”Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant "girlfriend" Mimiâ€”Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying, and betrayal will leave you reeling.