Falmouth Reads Together

The Falmouth Reads Together

Spring 2021


“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that 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.”―The New York Times


“Think a novel based on Greek mythology isn’t for you?  Just wait.  Miller’s spell builds slowly, but by the last page you’ll be in awe.  In prose of dreamlike simplicity, she reimagines the myth of Circe, the sun god’s unloved daughter who went on to invent witchcraft and enchant Homer’s Odysseus.  The ancient stories and characters are reshaped by truths that modern women can finally speak about sisterhood and sexism, rape and rage, and most exquisitely, motherhood.” ―People 


“Miller gives voice to a previously muted perspective in the classics, forging a great romance from the scraps left to us by the ancients….Circe is, instead, a romp, an airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting.” ―The Guardian


“Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ — the gorgeous and gimlet-eyed follow-up to her Orange Prize-winning first novel, ‘The Song of Achilles.’” ―Boston Globe


“It’s so vivid, it’s so layered, you could get lost in it. Whether or not you think you like Greek Mythology it’s just great story telling.” WBUR’s “Here & Now”


“Miller follows her impressive debut (The Song of Achilles) with a spirited novel about Circe’s evolution from insignificant nymph to formidable witch best known for turning Odysseus’s sailors into swine…. Weaving together Homer’s tale with other sources, Miller crafts a classic story of female empowerment. She paints an uncompromising portrait of a superheroine who learns to wield divine power while coming to understand what it means to be mortal.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review



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