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Publisher Description

An enchanting short story from Madeline Miller that boldly reimagines the myth of Galatea and Pygmalion, featuring a new afterword from the author

In ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece—the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen—the gift of life. After marrying her, he expects Galatea to please him, to be obedience and humility personified. But she has desires of her own and yearns for independence.

In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, Galatea is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost . . . 

279 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book completely blew me away in so few pages. I was already a fan of Miller’s, but this immersive short story is spectacularly awe-inspiring. I love this different perspective on a classic myth. It is very dark, so I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re looking for lightness in thematic content—but would recommend if you’re looking for lightness in story length. Galatea moved me deeply and will stay with me for a long time.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingDarkThought-provokingAbuseMisogynySexual assaultViolence
“A short story that left me wanting so much more. The random F bombs felt weird and unnecessary or I'm just getting old.”
“4/5 Very short, but very powerful. Wow.”
“very cool”
“Never had a waiting room read been so handy and so efficient in conveying so much in so little. Galatea, is Madeline Miller’s response to Ovid’s version of Pygmalion — the sculptor who carves a woman from ivory, the very picture of perfection and purity. He prays to the goddess Venus and she brings the statue to life. They live happily ever after. In that story, the woman has no name. It is a source that is a base for George Bernard Shaw’s My Fair Lady. A metaphor for how artists fall in love with their art. Miller, bestselling author of two other well spun retellings of Greek myths (Circe and Song of Achilles), turns this tale on its end. If the very notion of a woman is her perfection, a compliant object of desire and nothing more: “For millennia there have been men who react with horror and disgust to women’s independence, men who desire women yet hate them, and who take refuge in fantasies of purity and control. What would it be like to live with such a man as your husband? There are too many today who could answer that. But that is the mark of a good source myth; it is water so wide it can reach across centuries. I hope you enjoyed the swim.” This is a must-read for Greek myth fans and definitely for those who’ve read Miller. Thank you, @definitelybooks for adding this to my collection”

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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