All Our Yesterdays By Joel H. Morris

“If only men could take a turn at childbirth, risk their lives for it. Let women rest, let women live on. Then what would the world become? It would be a world made of words and not swords. The difference of a single letter. Yes, let women rule. Give the duties and death of life-bringing to the men.”

Embark on a captivating journey through the shadows of Shakespeare’s Macbeth…

…with Joel H. Morris’s spellbinding prequel, All Our Yesterdays. Before delving into this captivating retelling, I urge you to immerse yourself in the original tale, as the richness of Morris’s narrative truly shines in contrast.

Set against the backdrop of the decade preceding the events of Macbeth, All Our Yesterdays unfolds through the dual perspectives of “the Lady” and “the boy.” Witness the poignant struggles of a widow and her son as they grapple with loss, love, and the ominous whispers of prophecy. As the Lady succumbs to a forbidden love and marries her husband’s murderer, her son grows resentful of both mother and stepfather. He falls into a deep loneliness as he’s kept in the dark about the prophecy that burdens his mother’s mind and guides her every action. 

Yes, we get to see some of the weird sisters and most of the characters featured in Macbeth…

…but this retelling is more about the Lady and her struggle with lack of control over her own life and the kingdom. I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the major characters from Shakespeare’s classic represented as more minor characters in Morris’s retelling. I relished in watching their influence contribute to the madness, fear, and feeling of helplessness and betrayal experienced by Lady Macbeth, resulting in her slowly devolving into the play’s unforgettable villain.

Through lush descriptions and unforgettable characters, All Our Yesterdays breathes new life into a timeless tale and offers a fresh perspective on the origins of one of literature’s most iconic antagonists.

Morris’s debut novel is a testament to the power of retellings done right.

With a deft hand, he captures the essence of Shakespeare’s dark mysticism, delivering a mesmerizing reading experience that will captivate even the most discerning historical fiction aficionados. As I eagerly await Morris’s next literary endeavor, I wholeheartedly recommend All Our Yesterdays to anyone seeking a riveting exploration of fate, ambition, religion vs. the supernatural, and the role of women in 11th-century Scotland.

Witches’ Whispers

Lavender Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Gin (I recommend Seedlip Garden 108 for an NA option)
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Lavender Syrup

Preparation:

  1. Add gin, lime juice and lavender syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass and garnish with dried lavender and a dehydrated lime slice.
  3. Try not to talk your husband into committing regicide because of what a few weird sisters in the forest prophesied.