A Novel

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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316556347
Branch Call Number: MILLE
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 15, 2019

In clean, simple and powerful language the immortal Circe tells her story. The gods & heroes of Greek mythology come to Circle's island across a period of centuries -- but we see their stories through her eyes. Miller's knowledge of Greek mythology is enviable. Her interpretation of Circe's character and struggles, in terms meaningful to 21st-Century women, is nothing less than breath-taking.

Jan 13, 2019

Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios, is exiled to an island for years and uses much of her time by honing her skills as a witch. This novel is a glittering dive into a world of magic and cutthroat actions. The writing is spellbinding and magnificent, and reflects the burden of immortality.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 09, 2019

Fascinating beyond the simple retelling of a Greek myth. It’s an inverted Odyssey, with Circe staying in place while the stories come to her. At its core it’s really about how stories vary with perspective. Fascinating and well structured. Those who enjoyed OSF’s 2017 production of The Oddyssey should definitely check this one out!

Jan 03, 2019

This is an incredible story that stays true to the mythologies its based off of by presenting flawed heroes and fantasies in a world of stories. The main character, Circe, slowly comes to appreciate humanity and mortality as she grows and learns over the centuries of her immortal life. The book reads much like a coming of age story despite taking place over a period of centuries. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Greek Mythology, especially since you get to meet some of the most famous characters from it.

Jan 03, 2019

An extraordinary book for anyone who ever loved their mythology (or a great jump in the deep end for newcomers) - with a very different perspective on the lives of gods, demigods, and the mortals in their orbit. Though there is pettiness, cruelness and power struggles galore, the deep strength of Circe and her knowledge of her unending existence is such a unique perspective and provides the backbone of the novel. Each of the many interactions Circe has with the other characters, both men and women, divine and mortal, has an insight or thoughtful outcome. My suggestion is to not read any book club reading questions until after completing the book - and then the author has excellent questions on her own site. A very good book that definitely lives up to the hype and one that you will recommend to friends!

DCLadults Jan 02, 2019

New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 Pick. This book reads like a soap opera of the gods and goddesses. So much power, envy, vanity and pride results in one mesmerizing story.

Jan 02, 2019

This is a wonderful book and I found myself totally drawn into the story. If you have no interest in Greek mythology or love it this is the book for you. Can't wait to read the author's other novel now.

ArapahoeTiegan Jan 02, 2019

After reading this book, I can see how it ended up on so many "Best of" lists in 2018. The research that Madeline Miller put into this story was amazing. It was really cool to see how many different stories she knew of when looking at the "Cast of Characters" list and then recognizing which versions she decided to include in her own story. This was beautifully done - I honestly felt seamlessly transported into this story, into history. One of the most well-written novels I have read in a little while.

Dec 19, 2018

I don't know what to say other than I love love love this book. I am going to purchase it to have, so I can read it again and again.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 19, 2018

​I'm not certain what to say about this that hasn't already been said by countless other reviewers, by the mere fact of its presence on so many year-end best-of lists, but I'll attempt it: this is the best book I read all year. It takes a character that many readers are passingly familiar with from Greek mythology and gives her her own voice, to tell her own story, and the results are magical. Miller's writing is so beautiful and lyrical that it seems astonishing that she should be able to also make her pacing so quick, and yet she accomplishes this combination somehow. I originally listened to this on audio (before buying myself a print copy -- see how much I loved this?!), and if you love audiobooks, I hiiiiiighly recommend listening to this one, because it is divine. But no matter how you experience it, read this book -- if for no other reason than that the last few pages are themselves a master class in how to end a book. Absolutely stunning from start to (especially!) finish.

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