Meanwhile... A List of Sequels, Prequels, and What Might Have Been

Some books engage our imagination so thoroughly that we want to know everything about all of the characters; we’re curious about Jim’s life before he met Huck Finn. These books help fill in some of the missing pieces and let us stay in the story for a little while longer. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. 2005.
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While Odysseus was away sacking Troy and seducing sirens, his faithful Penelope had a life of her own.
Bayard, Louis. Mr. Timothy. 2003.
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Timothy Cratchit aka Tiny Tim is all grown up with only a slight limp – a lingering effect of his childhood illness- and now lives in a brothel giving lessons to the madam of the establishment.  Haunted by ghosts both real and figurative, Tim struggles with how his life was forever altered by that Christmas Day of long ago.
Beauman, Sally. Rebecca's Tale. 2001.
For readers who still dream of Manderley, Beauman’s novel is perfect.  Twenty years after Rebecca’s death, the truth about her life and death will finally be revealed.
Benjamin, Melanie. Alice I Have Been. 2009.
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Now an elderly woman, Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland, looks back on her life and her interactions with Lewis Carroll, Britain's Prince Leopold, and John Ruskin.
Bigsby, C.W.E. Hester. 1994.
Hester Prynne’s life before The Scarlet Letter.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Firebrand. 1987. (Adult Science Fiction BRA).
Cassandra’s version of the story of the fall of Troy.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. 1982. (Adult Science Fiction BRA).
The Arthurian tales from the point of view of Morgan le Fay.
Brooks, Geraldine. March. 2005.
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At the beginning of Little Women, Mr. March goes away to war. This is his story.
Clinch, Jon. Finn. 2007.
     Also available: eAudiobook
In this impressive debut novel, Jon Clinch fleshes out Mark Twain's literary character "Pap" Finn, fitting his story neatly into the framework established by Twain in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Eisner, Will. Fagin the Jew. 2003. (Adult Graphic Novel-Teen 741.5973 EIS).
This graphic novel imagines the life of Fagin, the captain of the pickpockets in Oliver Twist.
Falco, Ed. The Family Corleone. 2012.
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Working from an unproduced screenplay by Mario Puzo, Falco’s prequel to the Godfather shows how 17-year old Sonny Corleone went from innocent teenager to mobster.  For more Godfather fun, try Mark Winegardner’s The Godfather Returns and The Godfather’s Revenge.
Gardner, John. Grendel. 1971.
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Beowulf’s foe isn’t just a monster.
Guterson, David. Ed King. 2011.
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An update of Sophocles' Oedipus features an Internet king who lives out the classic tragic tale.
Hambly, Barbara. Renfield: Slave of Dracula. 2006. (Adult Science Fiction HAM).
Hambly shows how Renfield becomes the fly eating lunatic of Stoker’s story.
Lee, Tanith. White as Snow. 2000. (Adult Science Fiction LEE).
The Queen in the Snow White story wasn’t born evil.
Le Guin, Ursula K. Lavinia. 2008.
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Lavinia is given a voice-something that Vergil never gave her in the classic poem- and her side of the story is just as epic as the Aeneid.
Lippincott, Robin. Mr. Dalloway. 1999.
It’s June 28, 1927, and it’s Mr. Dalloway’s turn to throw a party.
Maguire, Gregory. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. 1995.
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What were they up to before Dorothy came to Oz?
Martin, Valerie. Mary Reilly. 1990.
Dr. Jekyll’s servant relates his strange tale.
McCaig, Donald. Rhett Butler's People. 2007.
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A reimagining of Gone With The Wind, this time told from Rhett Butler’s perspective.
Motion, Andrew. Silver: Return to Treasure Island. 2012.
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The daughter of Long John Silver and the son of Jim Hawkins return to Treasure Island to retrieve the silver that the old pirate had to leave behind.  Pirates, high seas adventures, and a little romance propel this sequel to Stevenson’s classic tale.
Naslund, Sena Jeter. Ahab’s Wife. 1999.
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Una lives her own life while her husband is hunting Moby Dick.
Pera, Pia. Lo's Diary. 1999.
Find out what Lolita really thought of that creepy Humbert Humbert.
Randall, Alice. The Wind Done Gone. 2001.
Scarlett O’Hara’s half sister describes her life as a slave and later as a free woman.
Rawles, Nancy. My Jim. 2005.
Her husband escaped slavery to make an epic journey down the Mississippi with Huck Finn; Sadie survived slavery and emancipation and tells her story to her granddaughter.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. 1966.
Jane Eyre’s predecessor, the first Mrs. Rochester, tells her story.
Updike, John. Gertrude and Claudius. 2000.
The lives of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius before Hamlet begins.