Author(s): Madeline Miller
"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.
From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey
Shortlisted Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
Shortlisted ABIA International Book of the Year 2019
Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman's life -- Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing In Circe, Miller gives depth and history to the title character, how it was she came to be on her island, and her struggles as an independent woman. The "heroes" of Greek myths - the gods, Odysseus and so on - get shoved to the side, as Miller brings to the forefront a fascinating, captivating female character. This is wonderfully detailed and well worth the more than five year wait since The Song of Achilles * Stylist, The 20 must-read books to make room for in 2018 * The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist -- Ann Patchett A captivating retelling ... It's a hard book to put down * Donna Tartt, The Times, Christmas Books on The Song of Achilles * A masterful re-telling of The Iliad, but looking at the hidden stories and the shadows beneath -- Kate Mosse * Sunday Express * A more than worthy winner - original, passionate, inventive and uplifting -- Joanna Trollope, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 Only the finest of historical novelists are able to adequately convey the sheer strangeness and otherness of the past, particularly the ancient past ... Remarkably fresh * The Times * Miller's prose is more poetic than almost any translation of Homer ... Deeply affecting * Observer * Not least of Miller's achievements is to reanimate this vision of the divine in prose that is simultaneously modern and true to its source -- Tom Holland * New Statesman * Page-turning ... Nothing strikes a false note in her intricately created world * Guardian * Extraordinary ... As great a retelling of Homer's epic Iliad as you will find * Daily Mail * Miller has combined scholarship with imagination to turn the most familiar war epic into a fresh, emotionally riveting and sexy page-turner * Independent * I loved Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles - a tender story of love between men and the pressure of living up to the masculine ideal -- Jenni Murray * Daily Telegraph *
Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and was translated into twenty-five languages. Madeline holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade. She has also studied at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, and at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. She lives in Pennsylvania. madelinemiller.com