What lead the witch to isolation on the island of Aiaia, where her magical rebuke turned lost sailors into a menagerie of pigs? Who is Circe, the woman who taunted a stranded Odysseus and then took him as a lover?
In Circe, bestselling author Madeline Miller renders the mythological witch from Homer’s Odyssey human, vivid and empathetic. Cast down from Gods for being too “mortal,” with a displeasing mortal voice and mortal habits, Circe appears antagonistically in a wealth of Greek tales—but Miller builds a more realized picture of the life she may have had in that immortal landscape. A demi-Goddess turned witch, molded through romance, violence and loss, Miller’s Circe walks the divide between Gods and mortals. She remains separate from both, wary in an age where strong women earn no favors.
Circe lets the iconic spellcaster speak for herself, and Miller joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation to speak for Circe at on September 13th. A beloved staff favorite for two years running, don’t miss the chance to get your signed copy.
Miller will converse with locally grown classics scholar Donna Zuckerberg of Not All Dead White Men. Get tickets early for this one-of-a-kind discussion featuring two ardent feminists, both steeped in myth and antiquity.