Greenwich Pen Women and Perrot to Host Discussion on Historical Novel, “Hamnet”

Greenwich Pen Women and Perrot Memorial Library will continue their cosponsored book discussion series on Monday, March 7, 2022, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, via Zoom. The group will discuss Hamnet, an award-winning historical novel by Maggie O’Farrell.

The discussion will be facilitated by Greenwich Pen Women member Diane Morello.

Meet Hamnet, a young boy scrambling through his family’s home in the late 1500s looking for someone, anyone, to help him care for his feverish twin sister, Judith.

In this tour de force of compassion, historical detail and storytelling, we watch love bloom between Hamnet’s mother, Agnes, and his father. We witness the emergence of the plague and the wrenching sorrow that ensues.

We sneak with Agnes into a London theater where husband Will, whom we now recognize as William Shakespeare, gives in to his sorrow and resurrects his dead son in Hamlet.

Whether or not you’ve read the book, join the March 7 discussion which will explore Maggie O’Farrell’s prize-winning recreation of love and grief in a time we will never know. 

Please register in advance at To place a hold on Hamnet, visit

For more information on Maggie O’Farrell, visit

Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a nonprofit organization of local women artists, writers, and musicians. Find out more at

Founded in 1904, Perrot Memorial Library is located in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and is a private, 501(c)(3) institution, owned by the Perrot Library Association and affiliated (sharing a catalog) with the larger Greenwich Library system.  The Library located on Sound Beach Avenue includes a children’s wing, a selection of 28,000 children’s books, over 29,000 adult books, with several different collections ranging from CDs and DVDs/Blu-Rays to periodicals. The main library also offers meeting space, public computers and WiFi. Youth Services and Adult Services host dozens of free programs throughout the year for Perrot members and the local community.  The library is temporarily closed to the public but contactless curbside pick-up is available as well as digital resources, including e-books and e-audio books.