Bookseller and co-host of the podcast Books and Tea, Cori Cusker recommends Circe by Madeline Miller.
"So, I was totally one of those little kids that was obsessed with mythology and fairytales. Upon starting Circe, it all came rushing back! This is an adult tale from the perspective of Circe. If you have heard of her, you probably know her as the witch that turned men into pigs and minor role in The Odyssey. Miller creates a likeable character who grew up as an unloved misfit. As she begins to discover her powers, her father is pressured into banishing her to live alone on an island. It becomes a story of a woman who learns how to love, discovers how to accept herself, be a parent, and live independently. All things anyone of any time should be able to relate to!" - Cori
"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."
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