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"Circe is a beautiful book that brings a classic Greek sorceress to life in a way that the original myths do not. Miller creates the realities of lifetimes of isolation and the dedication to sorcery that  came with it, and shows how her famous moments of supposed villainy are only single instances in an eons-long lifetime. More than anything this book brings a hope and reverence to mortality and mortal life, making it an oasis in the desert of our current culture."

Sayde M.

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Author Madeline Miller
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication Date April 14, 2020
Section New Titles - Paperback / Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Archived Staff Suggestions / Sayde M.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780316556323

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington PostPeopleTime, Amazon, Entertainment WeeklyBustleNewsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science MonitorRefinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, KirkusPublishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, SelfReal Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

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