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Soho Press, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 292 pages
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In Greek mythology, Alcestis is known as the good wife - she loved her husband so much that she died to save his life and was sent to the underworld in his place. In this poetic and vividly imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal, bringing to life the world of Mycenaean Greece and the part of the story that has never been told: how Alcestis falls in love with the goddess Persephone and discovers the true horror and beauty of death.

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User Review  - sunhesjan - LibraryThing

Greek mythology has been a major interest of mine since childhood, and I was always fascinated by the figure of Persephone. I feel that Beutner did a wonderful job of portraying this most complex of ... Read full review

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User Review  - ada-adjoa - LibraryThing

This book really takes a turn in the last third, a very interesting, subversive turn. I really liked it; it definitely stretched my mind. I am sure some will be grossed out or hate it, or disturbed ... Read full review

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Katharine Beutner grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in classical studies from Smith College in 2003 and an MA in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she is currently a PhD student in eighteenth-century British literature.

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