Though most of Circe's fame derives from her short encounter with Odysseus in Book 10 of the Odyssey, Miller's novel covers a longer and more complex life: her lonely childhood among the gods, her first encounter with mortals, who "looked weak as mushroom gills" next to the "vivid and glowing" divinities, the awakening of her powers, and finally, the men who wash up on her shores, souring her trust with their cruelty.
THE IMMORTALISTS isn’t perfect --- one of the siblings’ stories tiptoes a little too close to melodrama to suit the relative realism of the book’s other sections --- but that’s a relatively minor flaw, one that hardly detracts from the many serious and important questions Benjamin raises throughout her story.
In this week's fiction releases, you'll find the highly-anticipated new novel from Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion, as book as vivid and complex as its kaleidoscopic cover, as well as two very different young adult novels, Dread Nation and The Summer of Jordi Perez, both of which tackle tough issues — race and sexuality and weight, respectively — with the care and consideration they deserve through two propulsive tales you can devour in a single sitting.
Red Clocks is a dystopian novel, though I could see this future happening with a few wrong turns. Similar to The Handmaid's Tale, women find themselves in an inequitable society where the Personhood Amendment has granted rights to embryos, IVF is illegal, and of course, abortion is universally banned.