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Circe (Hardcover)

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I have had a love of Greek mythology as long as I remember. Of all the pantheons, the Greeks have always enthralled me, and specifically it was tales of women that stuck with me. Circe is a fantastic example of that. I loved reading her side of the interaction with Odysseus, among other (male) figures from the myths. She is complicated, smart, maybe a little vain (but hey, she is a goddess), and I enjoyed reading about her in this retelling. I would love to read more from Miller if she continues to reinvent the myths from the ladies' point of view.

— Karena

Myth nerds! Get ready because Madeline Miller is back, with a gorgeous and sweeping story of Circe, the witch of ancient mythology. I've loved Miller's writing since The Song of Achilles, but I had forgotten how easily she pulls you under her spell. She sweeps you so effortlessly into the ebb and flow of her story that she makes you forget the time, and everything you're meant to be doing. Her stories are ones that ask for you to sit and pause a moment, and think about what we accept to be true and what might be known if we dig a little deeper. The characters are vibrant and alive, most especially Circe herself, who is allowed to tell her own story and speak of her triumphs and missteps herself. I'm so excited about this book, and every moment I am under the thrall of Circe I wish I would never have to leave.

— Jax

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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller "manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. 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.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

About the Author


Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316556347
ISBN-10: 0316556343
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English

 

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