Falmouth Reads Together

Falmouth Reads Together  2021


Hear Madeline Miller discuss Circe at a Falmouth Public Library Zoom Presentation – May 19, 2021 


 


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.

The Falmouth Public Library has a fabulous events planned for this year’s Falmouth Reads Together:

  • Falmouth Reads Together Art Exhibit at the Falmouth Art Center on Tuesday, May 4th from 9 to 4. Submission is free and please refer to the Falmouth Art Center’s exhibition guidelines linked to here.
  • Falmouth Reads Together Art Center Book Club will hold a discussion about the book Circe on Thursday, May 6th from 4pm to 5pm via Zoom. If you would like to receive the Zoom link, please email info@falmouthart.org of call the library at 508-457-2555.
  • Falmouth Reads Together Special Virtual Author Visit with Madeline Miller. Ms. Miller will explain her writing process and inspiration for the novel. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time, and please email questions to info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. This program is sponsored by the Falmouth Reads Together Committee and will be available over Zoom, and please click here to register for the program.

“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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