Madeline Miller

presens Circe, just released in paperback. 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, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Livingand Refinery 29.

"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

NOTE: This event is expected to sell out, so please purchase a copy of Circe in advance by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.


Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm

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.

Madeline Miller attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages.

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Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556323
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 3rd, 2019