It has been YEARS since I've finished a book in a weekend, but Juliet's Nurse just wouldn't be put down. Could it be the years of teaching Romeo and Juliet that caused me to pick the book in the first place? Of course it was! But Leveen's choice of main character--the wet nurse who is still with Juliet 13 years after her birth, and who has the most lines in the play after Romeo and Juliet--is fascinating, and the details gleaned from the original play are woven into the backstory of Angelica so masterfully that I couldn't stop reading. Here we find out why Angelica was free to become a wet nurse to the new Capulet (in this version Cappelletti) babe. We experience Angelica's relationship with her "merry man," her husband Pietro. We find out why the nurse sobs, "Tybalt, the best friend I ever had," upon learning of Tybalt's death at the hands of Romeo. Leveen's characterization also challenges some depictions of characters we've known for centuries--the "saintly" Friar Lawrence (who lost my respect the second he left Juliet in the tomb to save his own skin), the love-sick Romeo (a much more sinister character from Angelica's point of view). If you've loved Shakespeare's epic love story over the years, this is a must-read! PLUS--how appropriate that I finished it on Shakespeare's birthday!