Madeline Miller
Circe

Circe

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From the publisher: "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. 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. 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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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

This reimagining of the Trojan War emphasizes the humanity of oft-mythologized characters, bringing these larger-than-life figures down to earth. In this instance, Achilles and Patroclus are lovers and the prophecy of Achilles’s death looms over all their interactions. Miller offers a 21st century perspective while honoring the original work with strong, poetic writing. Ann Patchett says: "At once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented novelist….A book I could not put down."

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