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 In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.
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
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