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Dimensions (Overall): 9.3 Inches (H) x 6.3 Inches (W) x 1.3 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.4 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Sagas
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover
Author: Madeline Miller
Language: English
Street Date: April 10, 2018
TCIN: 53200095
UPC: 9780316556347
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-8159
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

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.

Book Synopsis

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New 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.

Review Quotes

"Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written, story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman's life"--Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

"'Circe' is a sentence-by-sentence miracle";--Michigan Daily

"so vivid, so layered, you could get lost in it... Whether or not you think you like Greek Mythology, this is just great storytelling. It feels cinematic."--NPR's Here & Now

"[Miller] gives voice to Circe as a multifaceted and evolving character...'Circe' is very pleasurable to read, combining lively versions of familiar tales and snippets of other, related standards with a highly psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of the protagonist herself."--Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review

"A retelling of ancient Greek lore gives exhilarating voice to a witch... [Circe is] a sly, petulant, and finally commanding voice that narrates the entirety of Miller's dazzling second novel....Readers will relish following the puzzle of this unpromising daughter of the sun god Helios and his wife, Perse, who had negligible use for their child....Expect Miller's readership to mushroom like one of Circe's spells. Miller makes Homer pertinent to women facing 21st-century monsters."--Kirkus, Starred Review

"An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner."--Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

"Circe bears its own transformative magic, a power enabled by Miller's keen eye for beauty, adventure, and reinvention. Through the charms of a misfit heroine, the world of gods becomes stunningly alive, and the world of our own humanity--its questions, loves, and bonds--is illuminated. This book is an immense gift to anyone who reads to find their own bravery and quest."--Affinity Konar, author of Mischling

"Circe, ' [is] 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."--Alexandra Alter, New York Times

"In Madeline Miller's "Circe" - the gorgeous and gimlet-eyed follow-up to her Orange Prize-winning first novel, "The Song of Achilles" - the goddess is young and romantic enough at the start to feel a tiny bit let down that she's not shackled to a rock like her uncle, Prometheus, getting her liver pecked out each day."

--Laura Collins-Hughes, Boston Globe

"Madeline Miller, master storyteller, conjures Circe glowing and alive - and makes the Gods, nymphs and heroes of ancient Greece walk forth in all their armored splendor. Richly detailed and written with such breathtaking command of story, you will be held enchanted. A breathtaking novel."--Helen Simonson, author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

"Madeline Miller's re-imagining of the witch Circe from The Odyssey makes for an intriguing, feminist adventure novel that is perfectly suited for the #TimesUp moment. Circe is also a smart read that has much to say about the long-term consequences of war and a culture that values violence and conquest over compassion and learning...Miller mines intriguing details from the original tale to imagine a rich backstory for Circe that allows readers to re-visit the world of Olympians and Titans in Greek mythology. From the court of the Titans, the reader meets Circe's parents, the god Helios and nymph Perse, and is introduced to a world of supernatural power players that is every bit as back-biting, gossip-filled and vicious as any episode of House of Cards."

--May-Lee Chai, Dallas News

"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."--Aida Edemariam, Guardian

"Miller, with her academic bona fides and born instinct for storytelling, seamlessly grafts modern concepts of selfhood and independence to her mystical reveries of smoke and silver, nectar and bones."--Entertainment Weekly

"Miller's lush, gold-lit novel - told from the perspective of the witch whose name in Greek has echoes of a hawk and a weaver's shuttle - paints another picture: of a fierce goddess who, yes, turns men into pigs, but only because they deserve it."

"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."--People

"One of the most amazing qualities of this novel [is]: We know how everything here turns out - we've known it for thousands of years - and yet in Miller's lush reimagining, the story feels harrowing and unexpected. The feminist light she shines on these events never distorts their original shape; it only illuminates details we hadn't noticed before."--Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Spellbinding..Miller has created a daring feminist take on a classic narrative; although the setting is a mystical world of gods, monsters, and nymphs, the protagonist at its heart is like any of us."--O Magazine

"The story of Circe's entanglement with Odysseus lasts far beyond the narrative of "The Odyssey," making for compelling material to revisit. But ultimately it's as a character that Circe stands apart....Through her elegant, psychologically acute prose, Miller gives us a rich female character who inhabits the spaces in between."
--Colleen Abel, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This telling, in the sorceress's own words, is not the version we think we know."--New York Times 'T Magazine'

"With lyric beauty of language and melancholy evocative of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn", CIRCE asks all the big questions of existence while framing them in the life story of the famous goddess who had the magic of transformations. A veritable Who's Who of the gods of Olympus and the heroes of ancient Greece, Circe knows them all and we see them through her perceptive eyes. This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant. Stunning, touching, and unique."--Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero

"Written with power and grace, this enchanting, startling, gripping story casts a spell as strong and magical as any created by the sorceress Circe."--Mary Doria Russell, author of Epitaph

Ambitious in scope, Circe is above all the chronicle of an outsider woman who uses her power and wits to protect herself and the people she loves, ultimately looking within to define herself. Readers will savor the message of standing against a hostile world and forging a new way."--Shelf Awareness

Winner of the 2019 Indie Choice Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction
Named one of the 'Best Books of 2018' by NPR, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, and Refinery 29.

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews
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12 recommendations

Great book and interesting.

5 out of 5 stars
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Anonymous - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
Circe was a great book and I truly enjoyed how it displays the power of feminism, but at the beginning, it is quite slow.
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A keeper

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Briana Q - 6 months ago
Loved it! One of my favorites
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It's outstanding. A+

5 out of 5 stars
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BookWorm - 10 months ago
What a beautiful written book. I was hooked from the first word to the last. Thrilling, gorgeous and heartbreaking at times. I dare you to read this book and not be moved by it. It’s simply outstanding.
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Good read!

5 out of 5 stars
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alexlikesreading - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Absolutely beautiful story! I enjoyed every bit of it!
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Five stars

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Booklover24 - 1 year ago
Beautiful story, beautifully written.
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Add to tbr list

5 out of 5 stars
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LissyG13 - 1 year ago
Beautifully written, captivating story of Circe life!
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love, love, love this book! go madeline miller!

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2cairnterriers - 1 year ago
i read "achilles" a while back and loved it so much that i couldn't wait to read this. wait i did. it didn't come down in price, so i finally got it in kindle form from the online library… i say, i waited way too long! i read it in one night. unbelievable story made so attainable--i want to name all my future pets penelope & circe, etc. i hope madeline miller adapts a lot more legends & myths because she is one wickedly talented woman! i love, love, love this book!
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Great Novel

5 out of 5 stars
Farfalle - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Amazing work with imagery and emotion. Cool take on Greek mythology.
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Witch turns men into pigs

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Claire - 1 year ago
I’m not a bigger reader at all but this book was able to keep me going. Such an amazing book and author lead me to my favorite book song of Achilles
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Such an easy fast read!

5 out of 5 stars
Looking for Deals - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
It is a very entertaining, fast read book! Bought it for all my friends to read. Highly recommend!!!
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Good book!

5 out of 5 stars
Veronica - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is a great read!
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One of my favorites now

5 out of 5 stars
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VintageDame40 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Such great story telling! It’s a different perspective on a classic
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Lovely take on Greek mythology

5 out of 5 stars
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CVann - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is a beautiful, engaging, unique, and haunting book. Miller’s version of Circe is fascinating and very well imagined and characterized.
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Scarlett H - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I sped through it and wish I could experience it for the first time again. I want Madeline Miller to write a book about every minor Greek mythological character because she does it so masterfully.
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Armygirl1715 - 2 years ago
I would describe this book as ‘delicious’. It had a complex story, but not confusing. It was very well written, and it was a pleasure to read! I am awaiting the author’s next book, and I’m expecting wonderful things! I highly recommend Circe!
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