Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is one of my favorite writers. He’s compared to Charles Dickens, but I think he also has elements of Anthony Trollope. Davies writes novels of character. Tempest Tost, published in 1951, is the first book in the Salterton Trilogy. Salterton is a quaint Canadian town. The local theater group decide to put on a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and that powers the plot for the rest of the book. If you want to discover what goes on in little theater groups, Tempest Tost will open your eyes. All the politics and sniping and snarkiness is captured perfectly by Davies. And, once you laugh your way through Tempest Tost, you’ll want to read the other novels in this trilogy: Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties. I can also highly recommend Robertson Davies’ Cornish Trilogy and Deptford Trilogy. Great story-telling!