Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp—concubines, the women who lay out the dead—as gods and mortals spar, prostitutes, nurses, and as a legendary war hurtles toward its inevitable conclusion. A washington post notable book one of the best books of the year: npr, financial times shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award Finalist for the Women’s Prize for FictionHere is the story of the Iliad as we’ve never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, The Economist, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles.
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And so she tells us what Vergil did not: the story of her life, and of the love of her life. But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner—that she will be the cause of a bitter war—and that her husband will not live long. Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus.
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He brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, and gives this extraordinary character new life, but applaud it. And it is the story of the vengeful electra, on the return of her brother, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.
. A washington post notable fiction book of the year * Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, St. House of names “is a disturbingly contemporary story of a powerful woman caught between the demands of her ambition and the constraints on her gender…Never before has Tóibín demonstrated such range, ” The Washington Post.
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Louis dispatch from the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children—“brilliant…gripping…high drama…made tangible and graphic in Tóibín’s lush prose” Booklist, starred review. I have been acquainted with the smell of death.
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In the house of helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. 1 new york times bestseller -- named one of the best books of the Year by NPR, Time, People, the Washington Post, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Amazon, the A. V. To protect what she loves most, circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
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If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Emma straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone. Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Aimee bender retells the myth of the Titans.
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Dana didn’t want gren, didn’t plan gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. Picket fences divide buildings—high and gabled—and the community is entirely self-sustaining. When gren, ventures into herot hall and runs off with Dylan, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, Dana’s and Willa’s worlds collide.
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