Circe is a blip on the radar of The Odyssey. She is villainized, and her motivation for transforming men into animals is portrayed as arbitrary and cruel. This book gives Circe back her voice. She tells us her story in her own words, and speaks about her choice to seek both peace and relevance in a society that categorizes most women as nothing more than lovely appendages.
The goddess of sorcery comes alive, and we can easily understand the truth behind the perception. The setting of this novel brings the ripe, magical landscape of ancient Greece to life. It humanizes both heroes and deities. It highlights our inescapable need to feel grounded by others and connected to our surroudings.
There is a reason this book has been the recipient of multiple nominations and accolades.