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Publisher Description

This #1 New York Times bestseller is a "bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story" that brilliantly reimagines the life of Circe, formidable sorceress of The Odyssey (Alexandra Alter, TheNew 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.

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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

5776 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“A beautiful poetic novel~”
Reviewed in:Fantastical reads
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveBeautiful settingDark settingDarkAbuseSexual assault
Thumbs Up“Although I am glad I read it and enjoyed the story and development of Circe compared to the Odyssey… it didn’t captivate me as much as I would have hoped. There were moments that I wish it had more and moments where I wish it had less. Overall, it was beautifully written and I am always happy to read about powerful, mythological women.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenThought-provokingSexual assaultUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“Please read this for, not just the plot, but for the writing. It is so beautifully written I cannot stress this ENOUGH.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingMagical settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I listened to this as an audio book and it's one of the best I have ever listened too. The narrator does such a good job. This is a beautiful retelling of some of the stories about the goddess Circe.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseViolence
Slightly Smiling Face“I loved this book. The descriptions the author used were very detailed and the ending was incredibly perfect. There was only one part in the middle I felt was unnecessarily long. But I loved seeing Circe’s development over time. I thought it was very sweet seeing Circe as a mother, that need to protect your child then letting them live their life their own way. The book left me with an understanding of the importance of life- doing the things you love with the people you love.”
Characters change and growLikable characters

About Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two novels: The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women’s Prize for Fiction 2012, and Circe, which was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. Her books have been translated into over thirty two languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms, and taught Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade.

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