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" A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story, Circe 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, 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.
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 Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a novel about a young man on the cusp of adulthood and a woman who has long been there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth.
One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged nineteen, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he’s partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. And they soon, inevitably, are lovers. Clinging to each other as though their lives depend on it, they then set up house in London to escape his parents and the abusive Mr. Mcleod.
Decades later, Paul looks back at how they fell in love, how he freed Susan from a sterile marriage, and how everything fell apart. It’s a piercing account of helpless devotion, and of how memory can confound us and fail us and surprise us (sometimes all at once), of how, as Paul puts it, “first love fixes a life forever.”
The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.
Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.
You’ve been putting it off – I know I did. Another book about a disenfranchised, poverty-stricken family – and set in Mississippi? Please, no. But there’s more. Jesmyn Ward just won her second National Book Award for this book - her first was in 2011 for Salvage the Bones. So…I had to read it.
It is extraordinary. The plot line is about a family traveling to pick up the father who is being released from prison. The book is multi-layered. The next layer explores the close relationship between a brother and a baby sister and the addict mother who ignores and ultimately abandons her children. But the final layer is the most uplifting. There is ethereal music which does not have a literal source, but which gives the book its almost magical feel, along with Ward’s lyrical prose. And, there are ghosts who bridge the past with the present. The reader leaves the book with a sense of something more than just the story. It is a reverie, a haunting sonata of place, hate, history and filial love.
Don’t miss it.
Staff Pick by Leslie
Norman Mailer once said, "Please do not understand me too quickly", a sentiment that novelists should take as their maxim when creating a character. If you think you know the story of Jefferson Davis, Frazier's portrait will ask you to reconisder. Varina, Davis' wife is the center of the book. She emerges from lost history as a protective and guilty woman, complicit in the defense of slavery. Frazier's book is a superbly written, on par with his earlier best-selling novel, Cold Mountain.